Taste Waterford Demo Stage programme launch!

Taste Waterford Demo State WFoF 2024

Here’s our exciting line-up for the Taste Waterford Demo Stage at this year’s Waterford Festival of Food, sponsored by The Country Store.

There’ll be something for everyone – expert sourdough baking, award-winning beers, a seaweed sensation, ‘spring baking’, hake on show, and an insightful demo focusing on dysphagia.

See cooking demos, hear food stories, and enjoy delicious tastings with our members and guests – an unforgettable experience celebrating Co. Waterford’s food and drink.

We’re located at Tom Curran’s Store on the Quay, Dungarvan – Sunday 21 April, 11.00am to 4.45pm.

Here’s what’s happening…

11.00am – Fergal Walsh – Dún Artisan Bakery

The Taste Waterford Demo Stage kicks off with a masterclass in sourdough baking, with Fergal Walsh of the Dún Artisan Bakery.

Owners Fergal and Caitríona Keating have been winning praise for their bread and pastries since launching in 2021 – with authentic baking, delicious food and a passion for sustainability being key drivers for success.

Fergal will be on stage to expertly show how to shape sourdough for pastries and bread, and talk about ingredients for the demo which will be from local producers, and their own farm just a few miles away.

He’s also bringing pastries with seasonal fruits to try – a winning combination!

Don’t miss this chance to hear about traditional sourdough baking, and their strive to move towards a circular way of baking.


12.00pm – Niamh Condon – Dining with Dignity

Dysphagia – the difficulty in swallowing. To many people it’s an unknown condition, but it affects eight per cent of the world’s population.

To help explain this is Niamh Condon of Dining with Dignity, an expert in cooking for people with Dysphagia. She’ll offer an insightful demo into her drive to make a difference for people with the condition, and to make it more widely accepted on menus in Ireland.

Niamh will also prepare and provide tasters of a salad suitable for people with swallowing difficulties – to show that food can be nutrient rich and visually appealing.

This will be an informative talk and demo that will help us to understand the condition more, and how Dysphagia can be supported with food that doesn’t exclude people.


1.00pm – Cáitlín Uí Aodha and Ciaran Martin – IASC Seafood Bistro

Cáitlín Uí Aodha and her family have been fishing from Helvick Head for 150 years.

This history and love for the sea spirited Cáitlín to open her own seafood takeaway in 2019, and launched a restaurant during 2023 – IASC Seafood Bistro.

With a celebration of local seafood on offer, she and chef Ciaran Martin are bringing the delicious dishes of IASC Seafood Bistro to the demo stage – and showcasing hake – a variety that says much about the quality of fish off Co. Waterford’s coast.

This demo will be a fascinating talk of fishing, running a successful restaurant, and with tastings at the ready, it’ll be an experience full of wonderful flavours and stories of the sea.


2.00pm – Tom Dauber – Dungarvan Brewing Company

Since 2010, the Dungarvan Brewing Company has been a standout example of artisan brewing done well, and to talk about their award-winning beers and future, we’re delighted to have the new owner on stage – Tom Dauber.

Having recently bought the company, Tom’s passion for beers and brewing started when he lived in Germany. With a successful career spanning the US Navy and leadership roles driving growth, he’ll talk about the new and exciting phase of the business.

He’ll also be showcasing seasonal and future brews, with a nod to spring and summer – the Greenway Pale Ale – a strong favourite with locals and tourists to Dungarvan.

This is a great opportunity to hear about, and taste some of the beers that has seen the Dungarvan Brewing Company gain recognition on a global stage.


3.00pm – Shane Smith – award-winning pastry chef

We’re delighted to have on stage Shane Smith, award-winning pastry chef and regular on RTÉ The Today Show.

With over 25 years’ experience working in some of the most celebrated pastry kitchens in Ireland and abroad, he’s blending Co. Waterford produce with expert hands to create two “Spring Bake” recipes.

With rhubarb and custard tarts, and a lemon blueberry loaf cake taking centre stage – he’ll take you on a food journey where he talks about his love of teaching through an online cookery school, and mentoring the next generation of pastry chefs.

Along with a chance to try these delicious bakes, he’s also giving away at the demo the loaf cake to one lucky winner – it could be yours!


4.00pm – Marie Power – The Sea Gardener

The Taste Waterford Demo Stage finishes with an exciting dish of vegan Bombay burrito with organic Irish seaweed – welcome Marie Power – The Sea Gardener.

Marie is super passionate about all things sea, foraging on the Copper Coast, and cooking – and this last demo of the day shows how versatile seaweed is, and the benefits for you.

As well as using a host of ingredients from local suppliers, Marie will talk about her love for the oceans, why seaweed is so special to her, and offer plenty of advice and tips to introduce this wonder food into your diet, and lifestyle.

And with burrito tasters to try – you’ll take away fascinating food stories, and tastes to remind you of India, and the sea!

Visit https://www.waterfordfestivaloffood.com/ for full festival programme.

See you there!