Our festival is the annual showcase of all that is on offer in the Dungarvan and surrounding region from our food producers, restaurateurs and hospitality providers.
West Waterford Festival of Food is a professionally run festival, which is driven by the community.
It takes over 680 people to enable the festival to run over a weekend in April, and every person in that community is vital. This group is comprised of our sponsors and local businesses who get behind the festival each year, our volunteers who join us year after year and are on-the-ground at events making sure each is a success and our community partners - all the schools, clubs and community groups who organise events, volunteer their time and provide facilities to the festival each year.
Since 2008 the festival has grown to be one of the most successful, best loved and well attended in the country, where foodies, foragers, farmers and families can explore the region, learn of its rich food heritage, get hands on learning from producers, chefs and growers, have amazing dining experiences and above all have a weekend of fun in West Waterford.
With a truly huge array of events on offer over the festival weekend there is truly something for everyone in West Waterford and we pride ourselves on our accessibility to chefs, events, producers and more over the weekend.
The festival culminates in our Farmer's and Country Market each Sunday of the festival weekend - the showcase of the best the region has to offer in terms of artisan food producers. This annual favourite is a must for both filling the shopping basket and taking in the sights, smells and sounds as you 'graze the square', and meet some amazing characters in the process!
west waterford festival of food over the years
The Changing Kitchen
A new generation of talent, fresh flavours, interesting influences and good ideas!
The theme this year shone a spotlight on the up-and-coming faces in Irish food and also the trends that are set to dominate the culinary world for the next year. For three days the beautiful coastal town of Dungarvan and its surrounding countryside welcomed some of Ireland’s finest chefs, producers, stall-holders and all round lovers of fine food as well. Focusing on fresh new talent and innovators, the West Waterford Festival of Food showcased in 2016 some of the best producers, chefs, restaurants and food businesses in Ireland in 2016.
Among the new events for 2016 - was a gin workshop on the Friday with Peter Mulryan of Blackwater Distillery. They held a workshop where students spent the day distilling a special festival gin which was delivered to Dungarvan in the evening.
We launched our Health Hub, a new venue dedicated to talks and demos on the latest food trends hosted by Blasta Wholefoods.
Schools and youth groups took part in our Education Programme which was delivered at schools early in 2016 and culminated in a grand showcase at #wwfof16.