Yes, it's that time of year again. The West Waterford Festival of Food kicks off on Thursday 9th April in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Now in it's eighth year, this year's festival is themed around celebrating Generations of Food Stories and there's heaps of activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
Thursday starts with the Farmers Market at Grattan Square from 9am - 2pm where you can fill your bag with the best local produce from food producers in the area. Later that evening, there's a great event in one of my favourite pubs, Merry's 1868 at 7pm with beer and food pairings with local heroes Dungarvan Brewing Company featuring local Harty's oysters.
Friday brings a cycling lunch called Three Course Wheel, Irish Craft in a Glass : Gin in Merrys at 6pm (there's a brand new local gin from Blackwater Distillery which is pretty heavenly and worth a tipple), a dinner by Eunice Power in Dromana House at 7.30pm and a slow food celebration with Louise Clarke at Nude Food at 8pm.
Saturday has loads of activities for kids all over the town including an ICA Cookcamp, Kitchen Sink Science and a performance from Cork Circus in the Library. The ever popular Bia Bus tours start at 10am to bring you on a food tour through West Waterford. For a touch of refinement, there's Afternoon Tea in the stunning Lismore Castle at 3pm.
Sunday is the final day of the WWFOF and there's some lovely activities and talks to bring the weekend to a close including Food Stories : Bringing Food to the People hosted by Gillian Nelis of the SBP at 2pm , a 50 Shades of Tae session so you can learn about quality teas and finally, Irish Craft in a Glass : Whiskey in Merrys at 4pm.
There's also a Festival Art Trail, a free Hopper Bus service to get you around to all of the events without sitting in traffic and lots of local restaurants with special festival menus that won't break the bank.
Why not visit and find out why we call it Fungarvan!