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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, formal or informal, must be booked no less than 3 days in advance of the relevant performance. Wines can be ordered up to 24 hours in advance.

On Saturday 30th May many lunchtime venues will be open on Main Street, Lismore, with cafes and restaurants galore to choose from.

Opera Dining
Concert Dining

Maurice Steger & Friends

Music for the Opera Intermissions - Dromore Yard
Thursday 28/5/2020 at 8:15pm


Anthony Kearns and Friends

A Tribute to John McCormack - Dromore Yard
Sunday 31/5/2020 at 8:15pm


Lunch at Villierstown – Thursday 28th May

12 noon 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 29th 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.

  • Cost €25pp (excl €3.50 sales commission per order)


Lunch at Barrons Bakery & Coffee House, Cappoquin – Sunday 31st May

Barrons Bakery and Coffee House will provide lunch for Blackwater Valley Opera Festival patrons again this year at 1pm on Sunday 31st of May. Barrons Bakery and Coffee house is situated in the town of Cappoquin which is on the river Blackwater and less than 5 minute’s drive from Lismore.
The Bakery has been producing real bread in scotch brick ovens since 1887 and the adjoining coffee shop was established in 1981.

The coffee shop serves freshly prepared breakfasts, savoury snacks, lunches and desserts as well as a great selection of quality teas and Arabica coffees. Everything is made fresh on the premises each morning using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

An array of beautiful confectionery, Barrons handmade breads and of course the famous Waterford Blaa are all sold on the premises.
A separate Mezzanine is available upstairs in the coffee house for groups for private dining.

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


Lunch at Salterbridge House following Recital - Monday 1st June

Lunch will be served in Salterbridge House’s courtyard from 1-2pm following the ‘Folk Tales’ recital. Menu and pricing information will be confirmed shortly. If you would like to register your interest in this dining option please email 

Festival Partners

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,

CRO Num : 484001
CHY Num : 22220

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