Tuesday 23 July 2019

Time to sample Fingal flavours

Flavours of Fingal set for return to Newbridge House at end of june

Looking forward to the Flavours of Fingal are Charlie Corbally (8), Emily Corbally (11) and Rebecca Corbally (5) from Ballyboughal. (Pic by Conor McCabe Photography
Looking forward to the Flavours of Fingal are Charlie Corbally (8), Emily Corbally (11) and Rebecca Corbally (5) from Ballyboughal. (Pic by Conor McCabe Photography

The Flavours of Fingal County Show, North County Dublin's premier Summer Festival, returns to Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June.

The two-day family event combines the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience.

The festival, which is in its eighth year, is completely free of charge for visitors who arrive on foot, use public transport or the free shuttle bus service. For those who opt to drive, parking tickets should be booked in advance online on Pre-booking for parking and the free shuttle buses is strongly advised.

Cllr Eoghan O'Brien, Mayor of Fingal, 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 will host a huge display of cattle; racing sheep; sheepdog displays; pigs; alpacas and farm machinery. The poultry area will display the finest local fowl and the horticulture tent will showcase the best locally produced fruit and vegetables as well as a display of local baking and flower arranging.

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

The Fingal Farmers' Artisan Food Hall will showcase locally produced foods which can be sampled and purchased and a range of cookery displays using the best of local produce. Celebrity Chef Adrian Martin will host 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 will also offer 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 offers something for all of the family, from live music and entertainment, to the Arts and Crafts Marquee which will feature an array of hand-crafted products. Children will be entertained with acres of bouncy castles, face painting, archaeological digs, magicians, story-telling, a Courtyard "Chill Out Zone" and much more!

A host of fashion tips, advice and shows in the Swords Pavilions 'Fashion Zone' take place in the Big Red Barn hosted by former model and television presenter Glenda Gilson.

Attendees to the show can also enjoy performances by Back Street Dance (BSD), the Swords-based winners of Ireland's Got Talent!

Fingal Independent