Exciting Harvest Dining on Waterford Festival Menu

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Exciting Harvest Dining on the menu!
Takashi Miyazaki (left) and Eric Theze, La Boheme Restaurant  (Pic: Garrett Fitzgerald)
Waterford Harvest Festival, which takes place from September 8th to 10th, is renowned for championing the great producers of the South-East region.  This year will see the festival introduce new restaurant events which showcase this produce at its very best.

While retaining an almost inexhaustible programme of tasty, family-focused, fun-filled events, there will be an extra dimension as many of Waterford’s restaurants, pubs and cafes create a veritable feast of exciting dining experiences throughout the three-day festival.

The opening event, The Banquet on the Mall, is a collaborative celebration of local producers as chefs Darren Collins of The Olive Tree Restaurant, Shane McGrath of the Cliff House and The Seagull Bakery’s Fergal Walsh prepare a sumptuous five course meal at the Olive Tree on the Mall.  Owner Trevor Prendergast is looking forward to bringing this unique communal dining experience to the festival.

“This event really highlights the breadth and calibre of produce we have on our doorstep, with a menu consisting of glazed pigs head, whole Comeragh lamb, BBQ oysters and lobsters and sourdough flat breads, all sourced from within the county.”

La Boheme Restaurant welcomes the owner and head chef of Miyazaki Take Away in Cork, Takashi Miyazaki.  One of Japan’s most exciting and innovative chefs will prepare an unforgettable Japanese dining experience, which will be introduced by John and Sally McKenna.

An advocate of Japanese cooking, Miyazaki’s philosophy is to introduce its delights to many.  “There are so many types of Japanese food.  It is like a treasure box.  I want people to enjoy the real flavours of Japan.”

The Granary Café set in the bustling centre of the city will serve up a sophisticated Afternoon Tea consisting of sumptuous sandwiches, tasty pastries and delectable desserts made from the freshest local produce.  Dooley’s Hotel will host the ever-popular Love Local Lunch, whilst Burzza, in its inimitable style, is preparing a pizza / burger and craft beer pairing weekend.

Already sold out, the closing event of the Harvest Festival is the Bay Tree Bistro’s Grand Finale.  This “Three Sisters” themed event features owner and chef Keith Boyle, alongside Billy Whitty of Aldridge Lodge, Paul Hynes of La Côte Seafood Restaurant and Michelin starred chef Ken Harker of the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet. Each chef will create a course showcasing their individual talents, unique flair and love of food.

According to McKenna’s Guides food writer, Eamon Barrett, this is a natural extension of the Festival.  “The essence of any food festival is the extent to which it reflects its own locality and the producers and chefs who work in that locality and Harvest certainly does that. In addition, food festivals should try to bring the best of what’s new and exciting in the Irish food scene from around the country to a new audience so that the whole event becomes a collaboration of excellence, from which everyone – chef, producer, attendee – benefits.”

The weekend will also be peppered with an eclectic range of free family, fun and food infused events such as GIY’s Grow, Cook, Eat, Festival Markets, Flahavan’s Fit Family Breakfast, Skillnet Food and Craft Tent, Waterford Country Market, Ballybeg Greens, Saturday Market, Meet the Makers, the Ballybricken Fair, Dawn Meats City Farm and Festival Demo’s, GastroGays Brunch Demo, Blaa Eating Competition, Baby HQ, Calmast at Harvest, music on the Mall Stage, harvest readings at the Book Centre, coffee roasting, Glanbia Sports nutrition talk and Harvest Fit Food and Wellness.

To find out more about all of the Waterford Harvest Festival events visit www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie or keep up to date by checking out #WaterfordHarvest on Facebook and Twitter.


Waterford Harvest Festival set to cook up a storm!
Getting ready: Keith Boyle, Bay Tree Bistro with Kate Lemon and Harry Earl (right).

A perennial favourite on the culinary calendar, Waterford Harvest Festival, will fill the streets with inviting sights, sounds and aromas as one of Ireland’s leading food festivals
returns from September 8th to September 10th.

Now in its ninth year, Waterford Harvest Festival will focus the spotlight not only on the region’s great food producers, but also on the region’s great chefs and restaurateurs.

Director of Waterford Harvest Festival, Tommie Ryan is excited about the programme expansion for 2017.  “Waterford and its surrounds have a diverse and vibrant food producer scene and amazing chefs who are all too happy to use this local produce.  For those who grow, harvest, cook and produce some of the country’s best food, the Waterford Harvest Festival is a wonderful platform to showcase their work to thousands of people over the three-day festival.”

“We’re looking forward to welcoming back these food heroes to the Festival, and are equally excited about the introduction of some new restaurant events.  We have secured some very talented chefs to create unforgettable dining experiences over the Harvest weekend.” 

One of the city’s most exciting chefs, Keith Boyle of the Bay Tree Bistro will host the Festival’s closing event in collaboration with Billy Whitty of Aldridge Lodge, Paul Haynes of La Cote Seafood and Michelin star chef Ken Harker of the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet.

Boyle said, “It’s great to be part of the Harvest Festival this year, particularly for such a special event.  We have the privilege of closing the festival with a four-course event, where each course will be designed and prepared by an individual head chef showcasing their unique style and creativity. The menu will be a secret until September 10th.”

La Boheme Restaurant, which last year introduced Gautham Iyer’s Brahmin culinary philosophy to Waterford, will host renowned Japanese chef Takashi Miyazaki, while The Olive Tree Restaurant will prepare an exciting Spanish tapas menu.

Ryan added that the festival formula is always a crowd-pleaser because it offers something for everyone.  “In essence, the festival celebrates the food champions from the city and its surrounding counties.  Our food community is dedicated, hard-working and passionate about good food.  The Waterford Harvest Festival gives the public the opportunity to sample the best produce, learn about the food journey and have lots of fun in the meantime.”
Cool before the storm: Caoimhe De Laire Staines, Katie Earl, Kate Lemon, Hannah Lemon, Harry Earl, Saoirse De Laire Staines and Rachel Lemon
Whilst introducing new events to the festival programme this year, such as the Free Flahavan’s Fit Family Breakfast and GastroGays Walsh’s Bakehouse Brunch, many of the elements that were hugely popular in previous years will be retained; the Ballybricken Fair, Farm to Fork, WIT Calmast science workshops, food and movie pairings, Gintastic lunches, the Sunset Seaweed Feasts, the Fit Food and Wellness Area, Metalman Rocks Craft Beerfest, and the Pip and Pear Pop Up Baby Restaurant.  There will also be chainsaw wood carving demonstrations and sheep shearing, along with a whole host of animals for the family to meet.

To find out more about the Waterford Harvest Festival from September 8th to September 10th visit www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie or keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking out #HarvestWaterford on Facebook and Twitter.

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