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The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is delighted to partner with many talented local chefs and businesses whose food is locally sourced, prepared with loving care and served with the grace of traditional Irish hospitality.


All dining and wine requirements, formal or informal, must be booked no less than 5 days in advance of the relevant performance.

On Saturday 1st June many lunchtime venues will be open on Main Street, Lismore. Cafes and restaurants galore to choose from.
Barrons Bakery in Cappoquin will specially open on Sunday 2nd June

Opera Dining


May 29th 



May 31st 



June 1st 


Concert Dining



May 30th - Please note the Formal Dining option is currently booked out for this performance



June 2nd 


Lunch at Villierstown – Thursday 30th June

 1pm Lunch after the ‘Opera Arias’ recital will be at the Compassionate Kitchen which is located directly across the road from Villierstown Church so it couldn’t be more convenient. 

All of Compassionate Kitchen's dishes are made using the freshest natural ingredients and are made in house. Ross Bennett uses 100% natural ingredients in his dishes and most of his dishes are gluten free & his vegetarian dishes are vegan friendly.

  • Cost €18pp (excl €3.50 sales commission per order)


Picnic Lunch at Dromore Yard, Aglish Daytime Double Bill Recital - Friday 31st May

During the Double Bill lunchtime interval for the best pizzas and ice-cream north of Italy, Volcano Pizza & Baldwin Ice Creams will be providing their delicious fare.During the Double Bill lunchtime interval for the best pizzas and ice-cream north of Italy, Volcano Pizza & Baldwin Ice Creams will be providing their delicious fare.

  • Cost €25pp (excl €3.50 sales commission per order)
  • Wines to be ordered separately here online
  • Bar from 1pm serving selected wines, spirits & soft beverages by the glass


Lunch at Barrons Bakery & Coffee House, Cappoquin – Sunday 2nd June

Barron’s Bakery & Coffee Shop in Cappoquin will provide lunch for festival patrons at 1pm opening its doors for the first time on a Sunday in its uninterrupted 125 year history.

All food in the coffee shop is freshly prepared daily and of course all bread and confectionery is baked on the premises. They also make and prepare fresh soup, savoury snacks, salads and desserts. A sandwich made with Barrons bread tastes like no other!

  • Cost €20pp (excl €3.50 sales commission per order)


Lunch at Salterbridge House following Recital - Monday 3rd June - Sold Out

Update: Lunch for this recital is currently booked out.

Lunch, prepared by Frank Hederman, will be served in Salterbridge House’s courtyard after the Rachel Kelly and Gavan Ring Recital.

Frank Hederman has dedicated nearly 40 years to creating the finest handmade smoked salmon in the world. Drawing on Ireland’s heritage, focussing on small batch production, and avoiding mechanisation or automation where possible, he has spent decades refining the rare traditional skills of hang–smoking in an authentic timber smoke house.

Today, he is widely recognised as the very best in the profession, and exports his smoked Irish salmon, including very rare wild smoked salmon, worldwide. At home in Ireland he offers a wider range of smoked fish and foods which can be found at farmers’ markets and at the shop in the English Market, Cork City.

Hedermans deliver to destinations throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.


Belvelly Smoke House, Belvelly, Great Island, Cork, Ireland P24 AW29


Tel 00353 (0) 21 4811089

  • Lunch served 1-2pm
  • Menu TBC – €20pp (excl €3.50 sales commission per order)


Our Sponsors

The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, centered in Lismore, Co. Waterford, is held in the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings of Lismore Castle and Historic Houses on the shores of the scenic Blackwater River.

Lismore Music Festival Clg
t/a Blackwater Valley Opera Festival,
8 Main Street,

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