A massive Food and Craft market is set to form the heart of the festival, offering local, regional and award-winning food and drinks, with producers setting out their stalls across John Robert’s Square, Arundel Square, Michael Street, George’s Street and Gladstone Street. A craft market will take over Hanover Street in the city’s Cultural Quarter.
Festival organisers say that the market is the biggest one to date and nearly twice the size of the market last year.
“Our Harvest Festival Market this year features an array of food and drinks…producers from hyper local produce to Irish chefs serving international flavours and food and a host of Irish crafts. It is a really eclectic mix and we know that visitors to Harvest will love browsing the entire offering. This is the largest Harvest Festival market to date and it is actually almost double the size of 2022.
“Our goal is to support and showcase as many local and regional food and drinks businesses, who each hold the same sustainable values as the Harvest Festival.
“We are also very proud to share that over 50% of the food and drinks businesses at our 2023 market will be from within County Waterford; we have a thriving food and drinks scene in the city and county, so we know that visitors to the festival will enjoy the best of the best.”
The Waterford Harvest Festival is being supported by Waterford City & County Council and organised by GIY with the Taste Waterford Kitchen Stage sponsored by Waterford’s Local Enterprise Office.
The festival offers an array of free events for everyone to enjoy. There will be a live music stage on Broad Street as well as an assortment of entertainment and things to see, do and eat.
For the food fans, Waterford’s rich food heritage will be key, celebrating the city’s diverse restaurants, eateries and producers with Waterford’s finest chefs offering free cookery demos on the Taste Waterford Kitchen Stage at Garter Lane.
In the Junior GIYer’s zone on O’Connell Street, families can enjoy the Wooly Farm, where children can learn more about our furry and feathered friends. Artist Aga Krym will create a new living art installation with Slí Waterford, based on the UN sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger.
In addition, Cool Food School and GIY will be hosting workshops on seed sowing, growing and cooking food and Monty Potts will be on hand to help out.
There will be art workshops, Fun Drums and at Waterford City Library kids can enjoy storytelling and colouring sessions.
The Waterford Harvest Festival is a weekend-long celebration taking place from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10 and will see the city come to life with markets, special dining events, panel discussions and plenty more. For further details and to browse the full programme of free entertainment and events, see https://harvest.giy.ie/.