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What’s on the menu at the Waterford Harvest Festival?

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What’s on the menu at the Waterford Harvest Festival?
 
Kevin O’ Toole of The Chameleon & Eric Theze of La Boheme 
Waterford Harvest Festival, which takes place from September 7th to 9th is renowned for championing the great producers of the South-East region.

Following the success of the restaurant events which were added to the programme last year, 2018 will see the re-introduction of a host of exciting chef collaborations, bringing together new ideas and concepts while using the best seasonal, local produce.

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

La Boheme Restaurant will host two culinary delights as Head Chef Eric Theze partners with The Chameleon restaurant, to bring a Taste of Bali to Waterford. Having won many awards and accolades, being featured in the Irish Times “Best 100” and listed for the past 5 years in McKennas’ Guides “100 Best Restaurants in Ireland”, Chameleon’s Head Chef Kevin O’Toole will produce a multi-course lunch of authentic Indonesian island dishes for what is sure to be a very special and unique occasion. This lunchtime event will be hosted by John and Sally McKenna on Sunday, September 9th.

For those with a sweeter tooth, Eric and his team will prepare a seven-course tasting menu of Just Desserts on Friday September 7th.

The Bay Tree Bistro’s Keith Boyle will host a collaborative event with Eddie Atwell, Executive Head Chef at Eccles Hotel in West Cork and a contestant on the BBC TV show Great British Menu, along with Glen Wheeler, former Head Chef with Neven Maguire’s MacNean House and now Head Chef and proprietor of 28 Darling St in Enniskillen and Jim Mulholland, Executive Chef at Jean Christophe Novelli’s new restaurant Novelli at City Quays Belfast. This year’s Festival closing eventon Sunday evening will marry the individual talents, tastes and flair of four of the country’s most renowned chefs.

On Saturday, September 8th Bellissimo will present its Taste of Waterford menu, a celebration of the local produce of land and sea, in the form of classic dishes which are ingrained in the region we live.  Hooks and Crookes will provide the musical maritime entertainment.

Momo’s Kamila O’Neil is taking inspiration from her Polish heritage and will create a Flavours from Home menu.  The four-course tasting menu will consist of traditional Polish dishes made from local, seasonal produce. In the four years since it opened its doors on Patrick Street, Momo has gained a reputation as a fun and exciting restaurant that serves healthy food, rich in flavour and finesse.

Everett’s of High Street is planning a very special Harvest Celebration Sparkling lunch.  Making waves on the restaurant scene, Head Chef Peter Everett, who has a Eurotoques Young Chef title under his belt as well as many other accolades, will prepare a sumptuous three course seasonal lunch deftly paired with three specially selected sparkling wines.

Bodega, a vibrant and lively restaurant on John’s Street will celebrate the Taste of the Sea.  Freshly hauled from Dunmore East, local seafood takes star billing on this menu.

A Waterford Table Bruch at the Granary Café is the perfect Sunday afternoon treat as proprietor Peter Fowler will bring together some of the finest freshest local produce to create a relaxed and informal feast in the Granary’s charming and alluring surroundings. 

On Friday September 7th, a pop-up set in Garter Lane’s charming open courtyard under a Middle-Eastern style tent, will be hosted by Waterford’s Mezze as they combine their Middle Eastern flavours with local products and growers' harvests to create an abundance of food to tuck in to on Friday evening, and the Harvest turns Ten celebrations take place at The Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms and Tipple Room Wine Bar with a veritable feast of live music, afternoon tea style food and lots of cake served in true Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms style!

Tommie Ryan, Festival Director said that the new concepts being created by local restaurateurs is a testament to the wealth of talent we have in Waterford.  “To see these chefs and restaurant owners striving to create new and exciting dining experiences is fantastic.  Waterford restaurants have and always have had the talent, vision and passion to produce exciting dishes, work with peers throughout the country and offer something unique to their customers.  Waterford is on the national food map and it’s simply down to the drive and commitment of the wealth of talented chefs in the Deise.”

The weekend will also be peppered with an eclectic range of fun and food-infused events, such as the Blaa World Eating Championships, The GastroGays Scandinavian communal dining experience at Walsh’s Bakehouse and new events such as the Waterford Distillery tour, Food The Waterford Way demo area, the Deise Hurlers cook-off, chocolate making workshops, storytelling and craft beer trails along with a gin festival and whiskey tastings.

The perennially popular family-fun events such as WIT Calmast science workshops, food and movie pairings, Taste of Dawn Meats cooking demos, Seaweed Forage, LiveWell Baby HQ, petting farm and reptile zoos, GIY Food Matters and a full programme of food themed activities at Garter Lane are also guaranteed to delight the young and young at heart.

Find out more about the Waterford Harvest Festival from September 7th to September 9th by visitingwww.waterfordharvestfestival.ie to download a brochure or keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking out #waterfordharvest on Facebook and Twitter.

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