|L-R: Brendan Hayes Glanbia, Paul Nolan & Nicola Barry Dawn Meats, Tommie Ryan Harvest Festival Director, Anthony Smith Dawn Meats and Tom Murphy, Tom Murphy Mercedes-Benz.|
Now in its ninth year the Waterford Harvest Festival has grown to encompass a whole spectrum of food themed events. The festival, which takes place throughout Waterford city and its surrounds will bring together a host of food producers, chefs, growers, food entrepreneurs and those who champion good food.
The success of the festival, while in no small part can be attributed to the organisers, has also been credited to the backing of local business sponsors who bring a wealth of support, expertise and assistance to the festival.
Commenting on the sponsor support, Festival Director, Tommie Ryan agreed that it is vital in sustaining the festival and giving it impetus to grow. “Without a doubt, the Festival has received fantastic support over the years from Waterford City and County Council and Failte Ireland, in addition to our steadfast corporate supporters.”
“From Day One Glanbia and Dawn Meats have been instrumental in contributing to the festival, not only financially, but by bringing a wealth of great ideas, exciting events and industry knowledge and expertise to Harvest. We are also delighted to welcome Tom Murphy Mercedes-Benz as one of the main sponsors of the Harvest Festival in 2017. Tom Murphy and his team are great supporters of local community organisations and to have them on board this year is a very positive development for the Harvest Festival.”
Local businesses have been enthusiastic in their support of the Harvest Festival and as a result dozens of fun family friendly exciting events will dot Waterford’s Viking Triangle, Ballybricken Green and the city’s outskirts from September 8th to September 10th.
Some of the events sponsored by businesses include Flahavan’s Free Fit Family Breakfast at the Granary, Pip & Pear Pop Up restaurant, Se2 Music on the Mall, Waterford LEO Love Local Lunch, Walsh’s Bakehouse GastroGays Brunch Demonstrations, My Yoga Harvest Fit Food and Wellness Area, The Reg and The Munster Metalman Rocks Craft Beer Festival, Waterford Chamber Skillnet’s Taste of Food and Craft and Special Branch Woodcarving and LiveWell Waterford’s Baby HQ day.
The festival has also received support from Waterford hotels; Dooley’s Hotel, The Tower Hotel, The Fitzwilton Hotel, The Granville Hotel and Faithlegg House Hotel along with City Square and Altitude’s Eamon Barrett.
Tommie added that the support of the city’s businesses, restaurants and accommodation providers has been heartening. “Waterford is really punching above its weight with an eclectic choice of top class city festivals such as Spraoi, Winterval and Waterford Walls. I think I speak for the other festival organisers when I say that the support of local and national businesses is not only vital, but has been a driving force in putting a very bright spotlight on the abundant talent that Waterford has to offer.”
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.