Young visitors to last year’s Solstice at the henge event at Dowth get up close and personal with a big pig who seems to be enjoying the attention.
Mid-summer is a magical time in Ireland’s Ancient East and the Boyne Valley Food Series is tapping into this enchanting time of the year in this mythical place with a line-up of events in June that have a special appeal for families and food enthusiasts alike.
The Boyne Valley was crowned a Foodie Destination in 2016 and A Taste of Ireland’s Ancient East, which is part of the Irish Maritime Festival taking place at Drogheda Port on the 10th and 11th of June, is showcasing the rich variety of food and drinks produced in the region. Expect displays, tastings and demonstrations, including by food writer and TV chef Tara Walker who will reveal her favourite local ingredients, as well as a food market with hot food stalls, local drinks, such as the new triple-casked Slane Irish Whiskey, and treats to take home.
The mythological lands of Dowth, which lie within the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site, are playing host to a Solstice At The Henge event on Saturday the 17th of June. This fun and educational, all-ages family day has a line-up of activities celebrating heritage, farming, food, health and the environment, including storytelling, Neolithic farming demonstrations and archaeological digging lessons. Visitors are free to bring a picnic and there will be artisan food producers from the Boyne Valley on-site. Tickets can be booked at www.eventbrite.ie.
The Boyne Valley region has become a breeding ground for new craft distilleries and breweries, including the Boyne Brewhouse which is the venue for A Midsummer’s Night Summer Solstice Supper on Wednesday the 21st of June, cooked up by Reuven Diaz of Eastern Seaboard restaurant, Drogheda, with drinks pairing by Boyne Brewhouse and Boann Distillery.
Mid-summer’s day falls on the 24th of June when the Meath Food Safari will embark on a guided bus tour from the Conyngham Arms in Slane, Co Meath, to take in visits to four artisan food producers including The Whole Hoggs, Cockagee Cider, Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese and Newgrange Gold Oils, finishing with a barbecue of produce at Boyle’s Pub back in Slane.
One of the quirkiest events in this year’s Boyne Valley Food Series calendar has to be a Victorian Afternoon Tea & Lawn Tennis event happening at Listoke Distillery & Tea Rooms on Sunday the 25th of June. Partakers and spectators are equally welcome for an afternoon dressed in Victorian outfits, playing lawn tennis with Victorian racquets and sipping gin and tonics with afternoon tea. To book email email@example.com.
You can find the full programme for Boyne Valley Food Series 2017 at www.boynevalleyfoodseries.ie.