Balmoral Show: 50 chefs in a food tent, a health village and robot milkers... all in an extended event
Fifty chefs will cook up a storm at the Balmoral Show this week as the agricultural extravaganza extends to four days for the first time.
The popular NI Food Pavilion will showcase more than 100 local producers and this year the show will see the introduction of a new Health and Fitness Village that will appeal to gym buffs and outdoor lovers alike.
Ireland's biggest agricultural show kicks off tomorrow morning, with Saturday added to the mix for the first time.
Royal Ulster Agricultural Society chief executive Colin McDonald has said the decision to extend Balmoral Show into a fourth day was taken primarily to encourage more southern visitors to the event.
"We are working from a firm base in this regard. Visitor patterns to our winter fair event are already confirming a significant increase in visitor numbers from the Republic of Ireland," he said.
"We have a full catalogue of livestock competition events scheduled for the final day. This will include the new 'champion of champions' classes, which will see the champion animals across the dairy, beef and equine classes coming into the show ring together."
The organisers are promising a superb day out, as food and fitness are served up alongside farming, a jam-packed entertainment programme and attractions.
Live robotic milking will be on display alongside the Spar arena, which offers a dedicated area for fun family entertainment.