Pictured on the Waterford Greenway ahead of a busy September are (l-r) Ned Gahan (Head Distiller, Waterford Distillery), The Reckless Chef, Bernie Power of Taste Tramore, TV Honan (Waterford Spraoi), Craig Dee (Coach House Coffee) and Tommie Ryan (Waterford Harvest Festival)
SEPTEMBER looks set to be packed to the brim with food, entertainment and art events celebrating Waterford from the mountains to the city and the sea.
Known nationally for its festival and event scene, Waterford is expected to be a hive of activity in September countywide, with reimagined existing festivals including Spraoi and the Harvest Festival, as well as some firsts – including the launch of Waterford Distillery’s ground breaking new Irish whiskey, a brand new sea themed festival in Tramore – Vitamin Sea Festival, and Waterford’s first Honey Show.
From September 4 to 13 international street theatre organisation Spraoi, will present Spraoi Time 2020. This walk-through exhibition will take place across the city streets over 10 evenings and will feature mesmerising sculptures, spectacles, circus, lights and sounds. For the first time ever Spraoi overlaps with the Waterford Harvest Festival to offer pre theatre menus in many of the restaurants in Waterford city.
Waterford Harvest Festival will present A Harvest Celebration from September 11 to 13. With a keen focus on celebrating the very best of local food and drink, this year’s programme will be packed with dining events for every taste which will strictly adhere to social distancing and government guidelines. With online demos and chats, as well as events in cafes, restaurants, bars, distilleries, beaches and gardens there’s a Harvest event for everyone. From guided tours, to bottomless brunches, to Ancient Food Feasts, basket making to the love of bread and butter. This year even sees the launch of the Waterford Honey Show. All of these events will have a side of the usual serving of Harvest fun, and while it may look different, Harvest 2020 will be one to remember.
Moving into mid-September, the coastal town of Tramore launches its inaugural Vitamin Sea Festival. It will consist of a weekend programme of sea inspired events featuring exciting foodie collaborations, guest hosts, coastal excursions, taste trails, online events, craft markets and much more celebrating the vibrant outdoor and food scene. From freshly roasted coffee to Middle Eastern inspired falafels – Tramore has become a hive of artisan food producers and this will be showcased on September 18 – 20.
And to conclude this county-wide celebration of Waterford’s artisan food producers, creative chefs, and world-class produce, the West Waterford Autumn Festival of Food is holding two Festival weekends. Wild Weekend takes to the mountains, rivers, beaches and woodlands of beautiful West Waterford to discover the best wild food tastes, with picnics, foraging, cruises, barbeques and more. Join renowned chefs to make the most of the new season’s foods from September 25 to 27. Then October 2 to 4 sees the region’s restaurants and chefs come together to showcase the best of local in Dining Weekend.
For full programmes for all of the above see www.spraoi.com, www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie, www.facebook.com/vitaminseafestival, www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com or www.visitwaterford.ie