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Ballybricken Virtual Tour & The Hungry Hordes, Harvest Food Festival 2012

Ballybricken Virtual Walking Tour:

Each week day during the festival the tour was presented on the Bandstand. Ballybricken for generations synonymous with the Bacon Industry in Waterford, is the venue for a novel and unique lunchtime experience during the Harvest Festival 2012. From Monday 10th to Friday 14th September, a virtual tour entitled “Fair Day on Ballybricken” was presented  by Fadó and delivered to a seated audience in the open air on Ballybricken Green. Audience members seated comfortably eating lunch whilst listening to stories of old. The virtual tour began and moved a full 360° around the Ballybricken area bringing to life the sights, sounds and smells of a typical fair day. Our food heritage, along with stories of the lives and times of those who lived in the streets and lanes of the surroundings area was explored.

The Hungry Hordes:

A short re-enactment based on Waterford’s Food heritage on the Plaza at hourly intervals over three hours on the final day of the festival.

Fadó Productions, recognised for bringing history to life through the medium of live events, walking tours and training present ” The Hungry Hoardes – A Brief History”.

The history of Waterford’s food heritage came to life on the Plaza reminding us of our proud food tradition and the events linked to their beginning. Set in Waterford and beginning in 1170, the story followed a timeline demonstrating the influence of other cultures and world events on food and the food industry in Waterford through the ages. Anglo-Normans, French Huguenots, Quaker Merchants and Pig Traders was met as they are linked to whiskey, the blaa, cream crackers and of course, the rasher! A narrative and sound track enhanced the performance as the characters informed and entertained through re-enactment and audience interaction.

Video credited to DiscoverIreland.ie

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