Thousands prepare for the Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre

By ELEANOR MCGILLIE 19 October, 2018

Country fairs are proving so popular because there’s a real parochial feel to them which you can’t help feeling drawn to. That, plus the fact, you get to chat, face to face, with the amazing food and drink producers who’s produce often lands in our kitchen cupboards. One country fair which shows real resilience is the Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre which attracts thousands every year

THOUSANDS of people are expected to descend on the village of Richhill on October 27 for the fifth annual celebration of the PGI protected Armagh Bramley Apple.

The Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre, which began in 2014 as a celebration of the PGI protected Armagh Bramley Apple, attracts people from across Northern Ireland, and further afield, who come to the village to celebrate the Orchard County.

Chefs, food  and drink producers, arts and crafts people, tourism bosses, families and schools all come together to celebrate our connection with our land.

The Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre will take place on October 27, 2018

It’s a fayre, which is proving so popular, that organisers this year have taken the decision to extend it to a five day event with the main fayre still taking place on the last Saturday in October.

Ruth Briggs, who is on the organising committee, said the interest in the fayre continues to grow year on year.

Ruth said: “This year’s fayre will be a fantastic showcase of what Co Armagh has to offer. We are in the middle of The Food Heartland and Richhill is a village surrounded by beautiful orchards so we are perfectly placed to celebrate our crop and our PGI protected Armagh Bramley Apple.

“We are very proud of our land so supporting producers and chefs is hugely important so this year we have introduced a new Tasting Theatre. The theatre will focus on encouraging young people into the catering sector and highlight how important the role of chefs in the growth of the food and drink industry.

Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre Back from left, Joy Rollston, John White, Mark Winter and Mervyn Steenson. Front from left Charlotte Tiffney, Olivia Macari and Alex Mullan - Copy

“We will welcome pupils from St Catherine’s College in Armagh who won the Pinkerton’s School’s Cook Off at this year’s Armagh County Show. They have been mentored by Chef Mervyn Steenson from Groucho’s, who, along with chefs Mark Winters, of the Lough Erne Resort and John  Whyte, from the Armagh City Hotel, will help the pupils recreate their dish on the day for fayre goers to taste.

“We are welcoming new producers this year, our cider producers are all returning, there’ll be arts and crafts, fun  and games for all the family and of course our popular Tug O’War. There’s something for everyone so we are encouraging everyone to come along to Richhill Square and enjoy this family fun day out.”

Visit Northern Ireland and go along to the Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre.

 

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About Eleanor McGillie

Eleanor spent eight years working in the south west of England - one of the UK's most popular tourism hotspots. During her stint working with key players in the tourism sector she developed a love for all things outdoor adventure. As a journalist she got to travel to remote corners of the world to write travel features about the experiences of a particular place. Northern Ireland's story needs to be told and needs to reach new audiences. Live It Experience It aims to attract tourists from outside Ireland, people from Ireland and people who live in Northern Ireland but aren't aware of the extent of the adventures on our own doorsteps. Eleanor is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) at Associate Level