This weekend sees Dublin’s only agricultural show take place, the Flavours of Fingal.
On Saturday and Sunday, at Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, Co. Dublin, the show includes livestock competitions in breeding classes of cattle, sheep and poultry. The two day event will feature a busy programme of livestock and sheep competitions, equestrian contests and other agricultural displays.
The popular farming and foodie event promotes and exhibits all breeds and disciplines of livestock. This year the cattle competitions will include entries for the following breeds; Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, Simmental, Limousin, Charollais, Beef Shorthorn. There will also be a commercial cattle section.
The historic walled garden of Newbridge House will again host the food producers section and will feature an array of favourite local delights from Country Crest, Keelings and Keogh’s to name a few. Attendees will this year get the chance to try their hand at sheep shearing and to witness geese herding first hand.
Peter Counihan, Fingal Farmers said; “The Flavours of Fingal County Show has evolved into one of the most competitive livestock competitions events of the year. Each year the standard of entries continues to grow so we are really looking forward to the best event yet. We have a wide range of classes to enter so are hopeful of welcoming a surge of entries for the event. With just four weeks to enter, we encourage competitors to get their entries in now!.”
Fingal County is a food rich area encompassing horticultural, farming and fishing. It is Ireland’s foremost horticultural area, employing approximately 970 people with a total farmgate value in the region of €81m.
Fingal County produce 14.5% of national potato output, 47% of field vegetable output and 37% of protected fruits, vegetables and nursery plants. There are 600 farmers in Fingal farming an estimated 25,000ha, of those 180 are involved in tillage (12,000ha), there are approximately 70 herds of cows/cattle and 80 flocks of sheep.
The Flavours of Fingal County Show is located just off Junction 4 on the M1