Eat, drink (sensibly) and be merry was the sentiment provided at the launch of the third Waterford Festival of Food, which was held in the splendid Pugin Room at Lismore Castle on Thursday evening last.
The Festival, which will be based primarily in Dungarvan, with events also being held in Cappoquin, Lismore and the Colligan Woods, will run from Friday, April 16th to Sunday, April 18th.
Flahavan’s are on board as the event’s main sponsor, while welcome support is also being provided by Glanbia, FBD, Dawn Meats, Waterford County Council, Dungarvan Town Council, the County Enterprise Board and Waterford Leader Partnership.
County Mayor Nora Flynn said the festival provided the ideal platform from which to showcase Waterford’s excellent reputation in both the artisan and agri-food sectors.
“I am particularly delighted to note the presence of many committed and talented Irish food producers, chefs and others who are making Waterford a by-word for quality food,” said Mayor Flynn.
“West Waterford is home to a range of top class products and food businesses, including Knockanore Cheese, Blackwater Sausages and Barron’s Bakery.
“We’re also home to the Cliff House Hotel in Lismore, now one of only six Michelin Star-rated restaurants in the country. Paul Flynn’s Tannery in Dungarvan has a fantastic nationwide reputation while O’Brien’s Chop House has received deserved critical acclaim – I could name more but there are, thankfully, too many to mention.”
County Manager Ray O’Dwyer (described by Walter Raleigh stand-in Edward Lynch as ‘High Sheriff of the Shire of Waterford’) was in a similarly upbeat mood when addressing the gathering.
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