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Waterford Festival Of Food Announces 2024 Programme

By Robert McHugh
Waterford Festival Of Food Announces 2024 Programme

The 2024 programme for the Waterford Festival of Food has been launched and includes over 80 food events and activities centred around Dungarvan and the surrounding areas of Waterford.

Taking place from 19 to 21 April, the Waterford Festival of Food is one of Ireland’s largest and longest-running community food festivals.

This year’s event will be inspired by the theme ‘Connecting People with Food’.

Main Hub

Dungarvan will be the main hub for the three-day festival, with events also taking place in nearby Lismore, Villierstown, Kilmeaden, Cappoquin and Ardmore.

Highlights from this year’s programme include guided taste tours, kitchen table talks with people from Ireland’s food scene and beyond, high-profile guest chef dining events, sustainability workshops, and pop-up experiences in unusual locations.


It will also include foraging trails, food waste talks, bus tours to farms and mountains, live cooking demos, and the festival’s market – Ireland’s largest outdoor market – in the town’s Market Square, on the final day.

Taste Waterford Demo Stage

On Sunday 21 April, a collective of food and drink producers, along with guests, will chat about all things food for a series of talks and demonstrations curated and presented by Richard Povey.

Speakers throughout the day will include Fergal Walsh (Dún Artisan Bakery), Niamh Condon (Dining with Dignity), Cáitlín Uí Aodha and Ciaran Martin (Iasc Seafood Bistro), Tom Dauber (Dungarvan Brewing Company), Shane Smith (award-winning pastry chef) and Marie Power (coastal forager and cook).

‘Deep-Rooted Connections’

“Waterford has a long tradition of innovative food production, great cafes, and restaurants,” said Eunice Power, festival director.

“This festival acknowledges the important role that food plays in all our lives, from farmers, producers, chefs, restaurateurs, and, of course, customers.

“Our festival is unique in that it has deep-rooted connections in the community, which I believe is the secret of its success.”