North County Dublin’s premier summer festival The Flavours of Fingal County Show returns to Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019. The two-day family event combines the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience.
Now in its eighth year, the festival is completely free of charge for visitors who arrive on foot, on public transport or on the free shuttle bus service.
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 food (the most important bit!)
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 includes traditional steak, burgers and fish, and world cuisines such as Asian, Indian and Argentinian fare, as well as pizza, BBQ and vegan offerings. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be ice cream, churros, crêpes, popcorn, frozen yoghurt, bubble waffles and coffee a-plenty!
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.
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 Pavilion’s ‘Fashion Zone’ take place in the Big Red Barn hosted by former model and television presenter Glenda Gilson. Attendees can also enjoy performances by Back Street Dance (BSD), winners of Ireland’s Got Talent!
Flavours of Fingal takes place at Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, North County Dublin.
- On foot or by bike – A dedicated place to secure your bike will be available on site
- Shuttle bus – Free shuttle buses will be available from Balbriggan, Skerries/Rush/Lusk/Loughshinny, Donabate/Portrane, Naul/Ballyboughal and Swords. As shuttle buses are subject to capacity, pre-booking is advised. See the timetable and link for tickets here.
- Train – Donabate Train Station is only a five-minute walk from Newbridge House. See www.irishrail.ie for timetables.
- Go Ahead bus – Route 33
- By car – if you choose to drive to the event, tickets can be purchased in advance for on-site parking here. Check in early to avail of an Early Bird discount of 25%.