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The Sodshow Comes To GIY GROW Fest. Waterford. September 11 – 13th, 2015


giy grow fest 2015

As noted on this weeks episode of The Sodshow, it appears the entire garden podcast possé are headed to Waterford for the annual GIY Grow Fest 2015.

And in the hands up in the ‘if you think we’re the nicest garden podcast department’, the GIY crew have very kindly offered us two weekend tickets to GROW Fest to give away. Selfie sticks and free hugs you say ? These tickets Karen tells us

gives access to all the speakers and panel discussions across Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September.

Back to it….. We’ll have more news on GIY Grow Fest over the next episodes and a fresh stack of upcoming fantastic chats for you to listen. And, should you be even mildly unsure if the GIY Fest is for you ? Do bear in mind that The Brian Greene who has only ever seen beetroot in a jar (that’s actually a true fact) is on the way down.

On a mild side note, former guest of The Sodshow, Dermot Carey will be talking there.

Nothing beats a decent knees up. Rock and Roll. Ticket and Grow Fest details at the bottom of this press release. Also mucho gusto The Karen of GIY for being brillo.

Drop us a line if you’re heading along.

Waterford, September 11th to 13th

Top names in food and food growing from across the globe have been announced for the annual GIY GROW Fest which takes place in Waterford from September 11th to 13th during the city’s annual Harvest Festival. The festival will have multiple events taking place under three strands of ‘Grow’ ‘Cook’ and ‘Eat’.

The GROW strand takes place in the GROW Fest Marquee at Arundel Square in the centre of Waterford City and is hosted by RTE’s Ella McSweeney. It features a series of guest speakers and demonstrations including an in-depth exploration with internationally respected investigative food journalist Joanna Blythman on her latest book ‘Swallow This- an expose of the food industry’. The GROW Fest marquee also hosts Head Gardener at Ballymaloe Susan Turner; market gardener Jim Cronin, award winning Bloom garden-designer and author Fiann O’Nuallain; garden author Lia Leendertz and some-time River Cottager Mark Diacono.

The GROW Marquee will also feature two lively discussions over the weekend. On Saturday we will discuss whether hospital food is making us sick with Professor Donal O’Shea, Dr Colin Sage, Joanna Blythman and Darina Allen. On Sunday we will meet 4 incredible women putting food growing back in the centre of Irish communities – Sara Venn of Incredible Edible in Bristol, Joanne Butler of OURganics, Caroline Jolley of St Brigids and Edel Tobin of the New Street Gardens.

The GROW marquee also hosts the national final of GIY’s Spud Off campaign in association with Bord Bia and a ‘Lovely Vegetable Competition’ with GIYers from across the country encouraged to enter their massive marrows, plump plums and top tubers in a competition aimed at finding the country’s finest vegetables. Super Garden Judge Gary Graham has the unenviable task of crowning the winning vegetables.

The popular GROW HQ Kitchen in association with Waterford Chamber is back again this year, bringing some of Ireland’s leading chefs to the stunning ruins at Blackfriars in the city. We have two unmissable double-header cookery demos featuring siblings Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell, and husband and wife Tom & Johann Doorley. Also featuring in the GROW HQ Kitchen are Lilly Higgins, fermentation guru Gaby Wieland, Chef Adrian and local food hero Irene Queally from Pip & Pear – all of whom will cook up a storm during their demos featuring an abundance of fresh locally grown ingredients.

On Saturday evening festivalgoers have the opportunity to enjoy a very special GIY Market Feast at the GROW Marquee. It will feature the finest locally grown, seasonal produce grown by Head Grower Dermot Carey at the GIY Market Garden on a menu devised in partnership with local award winning restaurant MOMO.

Commenting on the 2015 festival line up founder of GIY Michael Kelly said,

We are delighted to host such a varied and extensive programme for the 2015 GROW Fest. This is the seventh year that we have hosted this event and it is by far the most ambitious with a very impressive line-up of hugely respected international names in the world of food. This mix of practical and philosophical really can’t be found anywhere else in the country so it is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in reconnecting with their food.

For tickets and details see

giy grow fest 2015, schedule 3

giy grow fest 2015, schedule 2

giy grow fest 2015, schedule 1

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