Sunday 25 August 2019

85,000 attend county show in massive success

Official figures put crowds at Flavours of Fingal at some 85,000

John Manning

The official numbers are in with news from Fingal County Council that some 85,000 people visited Newbridge House and Farm over two days for the recent Flavours of Fingal County Show.

The Flavours of Fingal event has grown significantly since it began 8 years ago and is now the biggest county show in the country.

The weekend show was a huge success for the thousands of visitors who came to enjoy the entertainment, food, displays and events held throughout the weekend with 32,000 attending on the Saturday and an amazing 53,000 on Sunday.

It was a wonderful showcase of the best of what Fingal has to offer when it comes to farming and food production and the feedback after the event has been hugely positive.

The weather was perfect and ensured that the huge numbers who attended were able to enjoy the various outdoor events such as the livestock shows, equestrian events, living history, cycling velodrome, the fashion shows and the kids' favourite attraction, the bouncing castles!

The Fingal Village showcasing the work and services of the council was very successful in its new location in the Walled garden and attracted a huge number of visitors who were able to meet Fingal staff face to face.

Interim Chief Executive Chief Executive of Fingal County Council AnnMarie Farrelly complimented everyone involved with the Festival saying: 'Flavours of Fingal provides a spectacular showcase of the best that Fingal has to offer in terms of food, farming and entertainment and is an annual highlight for the Community in Fingal and beyond.

'This remarkable event is testament to the months of preparation and excellent organisation on the day of the Fingal County Council staff across every Department as well as volunteers, exhibitors & sponsors and I would like to thank everyone who helped make I the weekend a resounding success.'

Mayor of Fingal Councillor Eoghan O'Brien said: 'I would like to say well done to everyone who contributed to a brilliant Flavours of Fingal weekend in Newbridge House. I had the opportunity to meet many of them including Fingal Staff, farmers, exhibitors as well as volunteers and sponsors during the weekend. This fantastic event has something to offer for everyone's taste and I am already looking forward to 2020.'

Newbridge House and Farm, the spectacular setting for the Flavours of Fingal, is well worth a visit at any time with attractions including the farm and house tours and woodland trails, and is easily accessible from the M1 and by train.

Fingal Independent