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24 Apr 2017

Recipe for success! Tourism Ireland supports West Waterford Festival of Food

Tourism Ireland was delighted to support the 10th birthday of the West Waterford Festival of Food, bringing renowned English chef Stephen Harris to Dungarvan over the weekend. Harris, who is the chef-patron of Michelin-starred pub The Sportsman in Kent, created a special pop-up dinner event in The Tannery, titled “The Sportsman at The Tannery”.

David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s Deputy Head of Great Britain, said: “We were delighted to support this year’s West Waterford Festival of Food, bringing chef Stephen Harris to Dungarvan. Ireland is becoming increasingly well-known for the quality of its food, with a reputation for natural products used in both traditional and innovative ways. Food is a vital element of the holiday experience nowadays, so gastronomy and the extremely high quality of Irish produce is one of the key themes being promoted by Tourism Ireland. 

“Great Britain is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland and Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotions throughout 2017, to highlight Ireland to British travellers. We continue to monitor developments around Brexit closely, to better understand and plan for its implications on travel. Competitiveness and value for money are more important than ever this year, given currency fluctuations and the decline in the value of sterling.”
  Stephen Harris, chef-patron of The Sportsman in Kent (left), with Paul Flynn, The Tannery, during the West Waterford Festival of Food 2017 in Dungarvan.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 220,000 people.
  • In 2016, we welcomed approximately 10.5 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.4 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 19.37 million visitors in 2016.

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