|Pictured at Vogelaars Apple Farm Waterford are Henry Burke and Molly and Emily Stack (Patrick Browne)|
From September 8th to September 10th Waterford City and surrounds will be transformed into a veritable food nirvana for people of all ages and tastes.
This year’s Harvest programme is packed with exciting, fun, food-themed events taking place in dozens of locations throughout Waterford city, its outskirts and the traditional top of the town, Ballybricken.
Tommie Ryan, Festival Director said that the Harvest Festival is a celebration of the region’s food producers; the people who grow, cultivate, harvest, produce, prepare, promote and serve some of the country’s best food.
“This year’s Harvest festival has dozens of exciting food events for our younger visitors too and plenty of opportunities for them to try new things, to learn about good food and its journey from field to fork.”
“Last year’s Pip & Pear Pop Up Restaurant success was testament to the fact that parents want to give their children natural, nutritious and exciting dishes. We’re delighted that Irene and her team are back this year, so parents can bring along their babies and toddlers to try tasty meals made with the freshest and finest produce.”
Irene Queally of Pip & Pear agrees that Waterford Harvest Festival is a great opportunity for parents to introduce new foods to their children. “The festival traditionally brings together those who produce tasty, good food. It’s a great time for children in particular to discover new tastes and textures and broaden their palates. Our pop-up restaurant will be serving free wholesome breakfasts for babies, toddlers and parents, all from fresh produce, so it gives children a chance to try different tastes and experiment with new foods.”
The Baby HQ Livewell day is a new addition to the Harvest menu, but one that is sure to be a big hit with Mums, Dads and caregivers of babies and toddlers. There will be a free “Happy Hearts” workshop, Mum-to-be Yoga and Pilates and baby massage classes, along with a series of lunch time talks covering a range of topics from post-natal recovery to child development.
Garter Lane will host a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory along with Autumn Leaves and Tasty Treats, a free hands-on, creative-craft, Harvest-themed workshop for children. WIT’s Calmast returns with a host of free workshops and fun demonstrations exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
GIY’s Grow HQ will showcase “Grow, Cook, Eat” which highlights how easy and how much fun it is to grow your own food, transform it into a tasty meal and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
The Harvest Fit Food and Wellness area is a cornucopia of health-conscious workshops and demonstrations covering everything from meditation and mindfulness, diet and nutrition and achieving the best balance for a busy life.
The City Farm in Ballybricken is an exciting live interactive farm experience that will get visitors up close and personal with farm animals and give them the chance to find out more about the Farm to Fork journey as the producers will be on hand to answer any questions. The little ones can get creative at the Junior HQ kitemaking, Grow and Sow and Little Red Kettle workshops, while the Ballybricken Fair will have free falconry and birds of prey displays, face painting, wood carving demonstrations, a wide range of festival food and craft markets and so much more.
With so many events to enjoy over the three-day Harvest Festival from Friday, September 8th to Sunday, September 10th find out more at www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie or keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking out #WaterfordHarvest on Facebook and Twitter.