Over 75,000 People Attended This Year’s Waterford Festival Of Food

By Robert McHugh
Over 75,000 People Attended This Year’s Waterford Festival Of Food

Waterford Festival of Food 2024 saw the largest attendance in its 15 year history this month.

More than 80 free and ticketed events took place with an estimated attendance of more than 75,000 people, between 19-21 April.

'Plenty Of Craic'

“Food is central to our families and communities here in Dungarvan and Waterford," said Eunice Power, festival director.

"We grow it, we make it, we respect it, we enjoy it, we talk about it and the festival is a wonderful celebration of all that, with plenty of craic thrown in for good measure!"

Local Producers

Events centred around the harbour town of Dungarvan which was the main hub for the three day festival.


Waterford's food heritage took centre stage, with progressive cultural and community events themed around local producers.


Some highlights from the festivals 2024 programme included the town centre based Kitchen Table Talks - where a combination of cookery demos and interviews with globally renowned characters from Ireland’s food scene and beyond, took place under a photography exhibition featuring portrait images of local food producers.

The surrounding landscape and farmlands hosted multiple guided taste tours and foraging trails.

High Profile Guests

High profile guest chefs took up day and evening residence in local restaurants adding their creative input to local produce.

Darina Allen, Georgina Campbell, Paul Flynn, Karl Henry, Aisling Larkin, Niamh Condon, Ali Honor and Sean Smith were just some of the guests in attendance.


'Local Community'

“I want to thank Waterford City and County Council, our sponsors and volunteers without whom none of it would be possible," said Eunice Power.

“I also want to thank the local community who really get onboard and take pride in their festival.”