A Day Trip To Armagh – The Apple Blossom Fair
Neil and I recently took a one day trip down to the picturesque village of Loughgall in Armagh, to attend the Apple Blossom Fair
. Armagh is known as the Orchard Country due to the many apple orchards grown there and thus is home to the famous Armagh Bramley apple
. I thought it would be a great way to learn more about the orchards and take in all the beautiful scenery of the area.
There was so much to do at the fair, we were glad we got down early! There were guided tours around the orchards, cider tasting and cooking demos by award-winning local chefs. You could also sample other local food and crafts, watch the apple tart and jam competitions, try out the BBQ and even enter your dog into Scruft’s Dog Show! We would have loved to have taken Hannah but as she is nervous around other dogs, we thought better of it. The kids weren’t forgotten either- a petting zoo, play park, balloon modelling and pony rides being just an example of some of the activities that took place throughout the day. Oh, I have to give a special shoutout to the Armagh Rhymers – N. Ireland’s oldest theatre group company, who were there entertaining the visitors too.
|How cute are these tea cosies?!
We went on one of the guided tours and learnt so much about the orchards and the history of the surrounding area. The apple industry employs 1500 local people and is valued at £50 million a year. In 2011, the Armagh Bramley Apple was given PGI status (Protected Geographical Indication); which basically means its authenticity, origins and flavour is one of the finest in Europe. It’s no wonder then, that it accounts for 99% of all top fruit grown in N. Ireland!
After the walk, we couldn’t resist a slice of apple tart with cream at the mad hatters tea party – a perfect end to a fabulous day!
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