Orange weather warning forces Waterford's Harvest Festival to end a day early

Orange weather warning forces Waterford's Harvest Festival to end a day early
Photograph: Patrick Browne

An orange weather warning has been issued by Met Eireann which is forcing the Harvest Festival in Waterford city to end a day early.

The official weather warning is in place for Cork and Waterford from 3 am Sunday to 3 am Monday with persistent heavy rain forecast along with a risk of disruption due to isolated thunderstorms and localized flooding.

The Harvest Festival will now end at 8 pm this evening (Saturday, September 20th) instead of Sunday, September 11th.

Commenting on the news Festival Co-Director Shona Dubois says:


“We have to admit, we are devastated to have to cancel Sunday’s events, we have however decided to remain open late this evening until 8 pm and we would like to encourage everyone who was planning to visit the festival tomorrow to join us in Waterford this afternoon and soak up all of the festival fun and atmosphere.”

The Harvest Festival is being supported by Waterford City and County Council and organised by GIY who are bringing sustainability right to the heart of the festivities.

Waterford’s rich food heritage is being showcased through a series of Food Done Right food talks, the Taste Waterford Kitchen stage which is offering a selection of cookery demos plus the Harvest Festival Market showcasing producers from within 100 miles of Waterford and over 50% of producers in the market originating from Waterford too.

In the vast Junior GIYer’s area which takes over Broad Street families will enjoy learning how to grow food through the seasons with Muireann Ní Chíobháin co-author of the GIY Know it Allmanac.


There is seed sowing, bug bingo, a Waste Warrior Workshop from Food Cloud, and the Nore Valley Mobile Farm is in the vicinity.

The live music stage is filled all day long with bands and artists and at Bailey’s New Street this evening there is a not to be missed gig with the Back Road Smokers Club.