13-14 September 2013
‘The Hungry Hordes’ is a twelve minute re-enactment based on the food heritage of Waterford City and linked to key events in its thousand year history. The foods synonymous with Waterford and the history associated with their inception was presented through the medium of performance incorporating storytelling and interaction in an informal setting.
Performers, dressed in period costume and following an historical timeline of events, appeared as Anglo-Normans, French Huguenots, Quaker Merchants and Pig Traders. The re-enactment brought to life, in a fun, entertaining and informative manner, the story of the blaa, the cream cracker, the rasher and the origins of the name whiskey. This enabled audience members to connect with Waterford’s food heritage and understand its place in the wider context of Ireland’s history.