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The inaugural Vitamin Sea Festival 2021 is a weekend filled with exciting sea-side food & outdoor events based in Waterford's famous coastal town of Tramore.

Taking place on the 17th-19th of September 2021 the Vitamin Sea Festival aims to showcase the best places to eat, drink, explore and enjoy!

This festival is a town wide celebration of all things food & outdoors. You can experience exciting collaborations with local food & wellness businesses, swim & savour events, taste trails, tantalising seafood, outdoor activities such as sea-side excursions, saunas with a sea view, beach dance classes, yoga & meditation, a local produce market and much more to celebrate the vibrant coastal community within Tramore! 

There's a mix of free & ticketed events, and activities to keep the kids (and parents) entertained!

Here's a few of our top pics for the weekend ahead;

Explore Tramore Treasure Hunt:

Perfect for the kids, this free treasure hunt will keep you busy as you search for clues, exploring Tramore's beautiful town & trails! Collect your clues at Tramore Library - there's prizes for a few lucky treasure hunters and this event runs for the whole weekend!

Sauna With A Sea View:

Looking for the perfect relaxing activity to enjoy with friends? Fad Saoil Saunas will be setting up their mobile sauna overlooking the beautiful vista of Newtown Cove and the Guillamene. Take in the heat and view in a 30 minute slot for up to 6 people. Tickets available for various time throughout the weekend. 

Taste of Japan

Get a taste of japan and immerse yourself in the gardens and stories of Lafcadio Hearne and Japanese folklore. Enjoy sushi and sake or matcha tea on the outdoor deck overlooking Tramore bay and surrounded by stunning gardens. This is a ticketed event for Friday 17th September. 

Farmers Market

Don't miss Tramore's weekly farmers market on Saturday morning from 9am to 2pm - you find a range of local produce, organic groceries, crafts and hot food. 

Taste Tramore Tour 

On Saturday & Sunday from 12 - 3pm, you can take a self guided taste tour of Tramore, stopping by the towns most popular food and drink establishments including Mezze, The Vee Cafe, Seagull Bakery and more! Each Taste Tramore business will be offering a small tasting dish for €3! For participating businesses, see the Taste Tramore Tour Map. 

Sukkot Style Afternoon Tea

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot which celebrates the harvest is traditionally celebrated in a sukkah, a tent or hut built for the holiday. On Sunday 19th @ 4pm, Mezze will gather the harvest from producers, fields, and seas in and around Tramore and create a sukkot-style afternoon tea. For tickets, visit mezze.ie.

 

For the full line-up and more details on all of these tasty Tramore events, visit www.vitaminseafestival.ie

 

Waterford Walls, Ireland’s largest street art festival and open air gallery, returns from the 13th - 22nd of August 2021 for it's 7th year! 

Each year new works of vibrant street art are added to Waterford's walls, creating the wonderful outdoor gallery that locals and visitors alike get to explore and enjoy every day! Since 2014, the mission of Waterford Walls is to transform and regenerate urban spaces in Waterford to inspire and connect communities. 

This year the festival is delighted to welcome 20 street artists, both Irish and International, to Waterford Walls. These artists will be painting 24 walls altogether across not only the city, but also further afield as the 2021 festival expands out into the county of Waterford, bringing its incredible mural artwork to Tramore, An Rinn, Ballyduff Upper and Tallow.

Waterford Walls have developed a new digital app which brings the street art to life through augmented reality & animation. The app also gives viewers information on the artist behind the artwork and is free to download on Google Play Store or Apple App Store. 

The festival has a new podcast where you can hear all the stories behind the creation of the artwork - listen to hear from the festival organisers, wall owners and the local community on the impact the stunning artworks have had on the city. 

Did you know there are over 100 pieces of mural artwork located around Waterford that have been created by various irish and International artists during the past 7 years of Waterford Walls? Why not take a tour to be guided on a journey to visit these stunning artworks. Book your guided walking tour and discover the magical stories behind the art and the festival itself! 

Visit the Waterford Walls Online Shop for plenty of festival merch - from t-shirts and postcards to stunning prints of the various artworks created over the years. Waterford Walls relies on fundraising and donations to support the festival each year and all shop profits are invested directly back into the festival. 

Check out the festival map and enjoy Waterford Walls 2021 as artwork comes to life across the city. 

For more information and the full 2021 Waterford Walls Festival Programme, visit www.thewallsproject.ie

One of Ireland's leading food festivals, the annual Waterford Harvest Festival returns from the 6th - 12th September for its 12th year! With such a vibrant foodie community here in Waterford, this is a festival you won't want to miss! 

Brought to you by Waterford City & County Council, this years Harvest Festival will be a newly re-imagined week-long, citywide line-up. You can look forward to bespoke menus, dining-out experiences, seasonal dishes, local producer collaborations and an overall celebration of Waterford - Ireland's No.1 Foodie Destination!

The Harvest Festival will mark the re-emergence of the city's incredible hospitality sector, with a range of both free and paid for ticketed events. It's your chance to sample the best in Waterford eateries, discover the city's delicious hidden gems and create new memories with loved ones while soaking up the city's atmosphere. 

So far some the wonderful line-up of events includes: 

 

A Century In Baking - Celebrating 100 years baking in Waterford

Phoenix Yeard Feast in association with Tully's and Tom Mahers

From The Garden at Momo

Appreciation of Harvest: A Meal to Celebrate at Everetts

Blackwater Distillery & The Reg Gin & Cocktail Event

Guinness & Oysters @ The Viking Boat

 

Be sure to book your tickets fast as they are sure to sell out!

Full details can be found on the 'What's On' page at waterfordharvestfestival.ie!

Waterford is a food-lovers paradise, so why not take a 'foodcation' in Ireland's Oldest City and enjoy its diverse food culture and heritage this September!

Keep an eye on waterfordharvestfestival.ie as even more briliant foodie events are to be announced in the coming weeks!

Hungry already? Why not pre-book a beautiful Afternoon Tea in The Crystal Cafe. Presented on stunning Wedgwood butterfly bloom teaware, the experience is complete with savory delights, indulgent sweet treats and tea or coffee. A perfect experience to enjoy with friends & family. 

The Thomas Francis Meagher Tricolour Celebration is an annual event which commemorates the flying of the Irish National Flag for the first time by Waterford man Thomas Francis Meagher in his native city at the Wolf Tone Confederate Club at 33 The Mall, Waterford on March 7th 1848.

This year the event will go virtual with a series of events over the course of the weekend of the 25th, 26th and 27th June 2021. Several national and international guests and speakers, including Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to America, and Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff, Irish Defence Forces, will lead a series of talks reflecting on the life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher. The Island of Ireland Peace Choir will present a musical celebration in honour of Meagher, and Anna Jordan will deliver a poetic tribute. On Sunday, there will be a virtual raising of the tricolour flag on The Mall.

At The Bishops Palace, you can view a number of artifacts related to Thomas Francis Meagher including a large oil on canvas portrait of Meagher in his US Army uniform and the last letter written by Meagher prior to his deportation.

The event kicks off this evening at 6pm and all events can be viewed on the Waterford In Your Pocket and Meaghers Tricolour Facebook pages, as well as being available on Youtube.

For the full schedule of events and for more details on Thomas Francis Meagher and the history of the Irish Flag, visit www.1848tricolour.com.

June 3rd, marks World Cider Day! In celebration we want to share some of the wonderful local cider producers we have here in County Waterford - Don't forget to sample some of the delicious local food and drink products the next time you visit Waterford and please remember to drink responsibly.

Legacy Irish Cider

Legacy Irish Cider is based in Dungarvan, a lovely harbour town about a half an hour drive from Waterford City with plenty of things to do in the area. Liam McDonnell founded the business and chose the name Legacy as he has proudly followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him by making a living working with apples! His grandfather Wilsie previously grew and sold apples in the late 1950s and his father Pat also had a passion for apples, he became a doctor in the study of apple production and developed his own miniature apple tree which sold extensively throughout Europe under the brand ‘Coronet, The Miniature Apple tree’, and is still selling Nationally and Internationally to this day.

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As for Liam, he found his own way to incorporate their families love of apples into his life by taking the apples and bottling the 3 generations of apple expertise into a bottle of Legacy Craft Cider! They do say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and Liam’s dad Pat is always on hand to share his 50 years of experience in the apple industry. They are a small but passionate team, that love doing what they do - producing an authentic natural product using local handpicked apples. Legacy uses only three apple varieties in their blend; a cider apple, a cooking apple and an eating apple and they ferment each of these apple varieties separately. The craft cider making process is as green as it gets. The production of Legacy craft ciders is similar to that of wine, they ferment the apple juice to produce the alcohol and do not distill, mash, cook or boil so there is little production and no energy use required and because apples are naturally sweet, their sugars ferment without the need to heat.

The Legacy Cider range includes:

  •  The Original Legacy Dry Cider
  •  The Legacy Medium Cider
  • Legacy Mulled Cider (A winter offering)

For more details on Legacy Cider, visit www.LegacyVikingCider.ie

Viking Irish Drinks

David Dennison is the founder of Viking Irish Drinks. Dennison’s Farm is situated in the Barony of Gaultier in East Waterford, close to the village of Dunmore East and on the doorstep to Viking settlements and the Suir Estuary which inspired Viking Irish Drinks name. A Sommelier by profession, David has over 35 years’ experience in the food and drinks industry. He has represented Ireland at World and European Sommelier competitions, and he is a holder of a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma (WSET).

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The planting of his apple orchards started in 2014, with cider production commencing in 2019. Today there are 3.5 hectares of orchards, with 14 different cider apples growing. Additionally, there is 1 hectare of outdoor vines for wine making and ⅓ hectare of Blackcurrants for Viking Irish Blackcurrant Liqueur and Harvest Blush Craft Cider. Sustainability is at the fore of Viking Irish Drinks and all production is organically based. Wastewater is fed to a reed bed system that creates a wildlife and pollinator hub, whilst native beehives on Dennison’s Farm create a continuous pollination for the Orchard. An entirely in-house company, bottling and labelling takes place in their cidery and all packaging is environmentally friendly and fully recyclable.

 The Viking Irish Cider range is made up of three unique craft cider styles, based on old farm recipes, including:

  • Orchard Cuvée
  • Harvest Blush
  • Hop-IT

For more details on Viking Irish Drinks, visit their website at wwwvikingirishdrinks.com

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The Perfect Glass For The Perfect Craft Brew...

At Waterford, we have the finest selection of glassware and barware that has been expertly designed and crafted for your timeless enjoyment. Whatever the choice, be it a craft cider, craft beer, lager or juice, you're sure to find the perfect glass to indulge in your favorite drink with our beautiful range of crystal cut glassware and barware.

 

 

We're sharing some of the wonderful Waterford Whiskeys we have here, as well as our Whiskey Connoisseur Collection to enhance your Whiskey tasting experience!

Velvet Cap

Velvet Cap Irish Whiskey, created by Waterford's Blackwater Distillery, is a small batch blend of malt and grain whiskies which has been made to be enjoyed! Blackwater Distillery CEO Peter Mulryan says: "Here we have always been whiskey drinkers, not collectors. The idea behind Velvet Cap was to create a whiskey to be savoured, not stashed away on a shelf” . The blend is rested in various bourbon, port and stouted rye casks and has flavours of vanilla, plum and agave.

Visit BlackwaterDistillery.com for more details.

The Blackwater Distillery is located along the banks of the blackwater river in West Waterford. Established in 2014, the micro-distillery is housed in a coverted 1950's hardware store in Ballyduff, where they make their award-winning gin & small batch whisky. Nearby, you will find the beautiful Lismore Castle & Gardens which dates back to 1170. Over the years the castle has seen a number of famous faces - from Lucian Fried to JFK! Definitely one to check out the next time you’re in West Waterford!

Waterford Distillery

Waterford Distillery's state of the art facility is situated at the end of Waterford's Quay, along the banks overlooking the river Suir. The Distillery strives to create the finest Single Malt Whisky, and the origin of the barley used in their product is one of their most important elements. They source their barley from 86 Irish farms, growing on 19 distinct soil types. Each crop is kept separate and distilled to ensure each farm's terrior is captured in the end product. Waterford Distillery's first series of whiskies - Single Farm Origin - was released in 2016 after maturing in french and american oak for several years. Be sure to keep an eye out for the distillery on your next riverside stroll in Waterford City!

Visit WaterfordWhisky.com for more details.

Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur

Waterford is the home of Anchor Spirits Ireland, the makers of Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur? The original recipe for the delicious toffee and hazelnut whiskey was discovered in a dilapidated cottage in County Waterford. Tom Muldoon was the man behind the recipe and used to make whiskey in the 19th Century using a traditional method of burying alcohol filled charred casks underground. After some experimentation with more modern methods, Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur came to life!

Today Anchor Spirits uses premium Irish whiskey infused with natural toffee and hazelnut to create Muldoon. It's a unique Irish Whiskey Liqueur and has won many national and international awards for taste and flavour including a gold medal from the prestigious Irish Whiskey Awards. Anchor Spirits is housed in one of Waterford City's most historic buildings, 33 The Mall, where the Irish Flag was flown for the first time by the legendary Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848. 

Visit anchorspirits.ie for more details.

For The Connoisseurs...

Taste: it’s about fine ingredients, ambience, company, and certainly premium quality spirits that can only be fully and truly appreciated when experienced in the proper glass. The Waterford Lismore Connoisseur Whiskey Collection is a crowning achievement of crystal craftsmanship and the pinnacle of elite fine whiskey enjoyment. Single malt whiskeys, craft scotches and artisanal bourbons deserve as much crystal appreciation as fine wine. Each tasting glass in the collection is created by Waterford designers and whiskey professionals to bring out the best in every good bottle. It allows you to fully savour appearance, aroma, taste and finish.

 

St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching and we want to share some of the ways you can get involved in the celebrations from your own home.

This years virtual St. Patrick's Day Festival, with the theme 'Dúisigh Éire!/Awaken Ireland!', strives to inspire people across Ireland and the world 'to rise to embrace brighter days ahead'. The festival program will be made up of various online events from music, theatre, art, performance, poetry, storytelling, traditional arts, virtual tours, food, and culture.

St Patrick’s Festival TV is on Oireachtas TV, on all Irish TV platforms, plus worldwide online at stpatricksfestival.ie and on rte.ie/culture from March 12th -17th, daily from 9am-11pm GMT.

Get Involved in the Virtual St Patrick's Day Parade

In Waterford, many of our landmark buildings will be lighting up green for the virtual St. Patrick's Day Parade in celebration of our national holiday. You can get involved too by tagging #RTEVirtualParade #HappyStPatricksDay and #StPatricksAtHome online with photos and videos of your at-home celebrations!

Tune In To The St. Patrick's Day Festival Events

With over 100 virtual events scheduled over 6 days, you'll have plenty to choose from! 

Check out the full program at stpatricksfestival.ie

Learn about Ireland's culinary history in the 5 part mini-series 'A History of Irish Food with Tadgh Byrne'.

Watch performances from marching bands across Ireland and the world as they play a selection of traditional and contemporary arrangements of some of your favourite tunes on 'Bands of Ireland presents: Play On for 2021'.

Inspired by stories and legends from Saint Patrick’s time right up to modern day Irish poetry, 'The Saint Patrick Show - A Musical & Visual Tale'  is a 45 minute show featuring 2021 Grammy nominated Fontaines DC frontman, Grian Chatten, Matthew Campbell from the Shamrock Tenors, soprano Mary McCabe, and other Irish artists.

'The Patrick’s Day Hug - Barróg Lá Fhéile Phádraig'  brings together the best of Irish Traditional musicians in Dublin's legendary venue 'Whelans' for a wownderful night of tunes. 

As a finale for the celebrations, the St Patrick's Day Party will broadcast LIVE on 17 March from three of Ireland's best-loved pubs and will bring a festival of music, Irish dancing, special guests and a few surprises right into your living room. Tune in from 7pm to 8:30pm GMT on 17 March at Ireland.com.

Say 'Sláinte!' with an Irish Coffee! 

Treat yourself to a decadent Irish Coffee for the day that's in it! Perfect served in our Lismore Irish Coffee Glasses. Did you know that Foynes in County Limerick is closely connected to the origin of the Irish coffee? Click here to read the full story then try our Irish Coffee recipe below!

The Best Of Irish Home Baking

Bring a taste of Ireland to your own kitchen with these classic Irish recipes - Kevin Dundon's Irish Scones and Tim O'Sullivan's Irish Brown Soda Bread. Perfect for St Patrick's Day breakfast, served with some real butter and jam.

A Piece of Ireland For Your Home

Celebrate Irish Heritage with a piece from our Irish Shamrock Collection; hand-crafted here at The House of Waterford Crystal, this collection features a beautifully cut shamrock design.

 

 

Waterford Crystal's White House connection dates back to 1961 when Dot Tubridy initiated the annual tradition of presenting a Waterford Crystal bowl of shamrock in the Oval Office on St Patrick’s Day.

Dot Tubridy was a long time friend of the Kennedy family. This friendship began when Dot and her husband Michael traveled to New York for an international show jumping competition and met Ethel Skakel whom later married Robert Kennedy. Dot's husband Michael was a renowned show jumper with the Irish Army's equestrian team. Tragically he passed away in a riding accident at the age of 31. Following his death, Dot spent some time with Robert & Ethel Kennedy recuperating from her loss. She was offered a job and became Waterford Crystal's PR representative in the US market, appearing on many US radio and television shows promoting Waterford Crystal. As well as this, Dot became an unofficial ambassador for Ireland, which she was later recognized for in 1989. 

Dot had a natural flair in PR and established a number of important opportunities for Waterford Crystal. She became friends with Bing Crosby which led to Waterford producing trophies for his famous charity golf classics. Dot is credited for creating the Shamrock Bowl tradition which continues to this day.

Dot also inspired President Ronald Reagan to purchase 200 Waterford biscuit bowls for friends during his time in office in the 1980's. It is said that Dot's friendship with the Kennedys inspired JFK's visit to Ireland in 1963. 

Dot passed away in 2018 at the age of 92. In 2019, members of the Kennedy family traveled to Trim, Co Meath, for the opening of an exhibition dedicated to Dot. The Exhibition 'Dear Dot' displayed over 10,000 pieces of pictures, letters and memorabilia from Dot's personal collection. Some of the letters contained correspondence from JFK, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bing Crosby to name a few. Waterford Crystal created a footed bowl to commemorate the opening of the 'Dear Dot' exhibition. The piece featured the Kennedy and Tubridy Crests as well as Dot Tubridy's favorite saying 'May the Road Rise With You and the Wind Be at Your Back'.

  

Over the years there have been many pieces of Waterford Crystal exchanged, including a Waterford Boat Bowl which was given to President Elect Joe Biden in 2013 when he was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. 

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