Wednesday 24 July 2019

Massive crowds gather to taste the flavours of Fingal at county show


Bronagh, Erin and Maebh Hughes at Flavours of Fingal
Bronagh, Erin and Maebh Hughes at Flavours of Fingal

John Manning

In what has grown to be one of the biggest events in Fingal in the summer, tens of thousands flocked to Newbridge House and Farm over the weekend to enjoy The Flavours of Fingal County Show.

North County Dublin's premier Summer Festival, returned to Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, on Saturday and Sunday as the two-day family event combined the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience.

The festival, which is in its eighth year, was completely free of charge for visitors who arrived on foot, used public transport or the free shuttle bus service.

Cllr Eoghan O'Brien, Mayor of Fingal, speaking in the run up to the festival said: 'We are incredibly proud of how the Flavours of Fingal event has developed over the years. It has grown significantly since it began eight years ago and is now the biggest county show in the country, welcoming more than 90,000 people last year.

'It is a wonderful showcase of the best of what Fingal has to offer when it comes to farming and food production and we are really looking forward to this year's event."

The Farmer's Field at Flavours of Fingal hosted a huge display of cattle; racing sheep; sheepdog displays; pigs; alpacas and farm machinery. The poultry area displayed the finest local fowl and the horticulture tent showcased the best locally produced fruit and vegetables as well as a display of local baking and flower arranging.

The event also featured wonderful equestrian competitions with top quality horses being put through their paces. This included leading riders competing in the National Grand Prix class and local children in the Boppers and Trotters classes.

The Fingal Farmers' Artisan Food Hall showcased locally produced foods which could be sampled and purchased and a range of cookery displays using the best of local produce. Celebrity Chef Adrian Martin hosted a qualifying round of the All-Ireland Home Cook Competition with a chance to win a cookery course in the world-famous garden Ballymaloe Cookery School.

The event also offered a range of tasty food with something for everyone. The savoury selection ranges from traditional steak, burgers and fish, and world cuisines such as Asian, Indian and Argentinian fare, to pizza, BBQ and vegan offerings. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be ice-cream, churros, crepes, popcorn, frozen yoghurt, bubble waffles and coffee a-plenty!

Flavours of Fingal offered something for all of the family, from live music and entertainment, to the Arts and Crafts Marquee which featured an array of hand-crafted products and children were kept entertained with an array of fun activities.

Fingal Independent