Richhill Apple Fayre returns this weekend

Des Kitrick, Mervyn Steenson of Groucho's, and Nathan Loney at the launch of the 2015 Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre, which rolls into the village on Saturday.
Des Kitrick, Mervyn Steenson of Groucho's, and Nathan Loney at the launch of the 2015 Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre, which rolls into the village on Saturday.

Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre is back in the village this Saturday for another day of delicious foods and goods.

The Fayre attracted over 2,000 visitors last year, and organisers are anticipating an even greater number of hungry visitors this weekend as festivities take place in Richhill village square.

This year’s free event will feature 30 stalls of tasty goodness, with a fantastic selection of artisan food producers; mouth-watering ciders, apple juice and craft beer; and demonstrations from local chefs Mervyn Steenson of Groucho’s, Uluru Bar & Grill’s Dean Coppard and The Moody Boar’s Sean Farnan.

Serenading the Fayre will be a selection of talented buskers - ensuring the tone is set for the celebration - and face painters will be on hand to give little guests a Halloween makeover.

Animals from the HBO series, Game of Thrones, will also be in attendance - with horse rides and storytelling adding to the range of children’s entertainment.

Terence Brannigan, chairman of Tourism NI, will be along as guest speaker and is keen to highlight the county’s role in producing world-famous eats.

“We have the Lough Neagh Eel, the Comper Potato and the Bramley Apple,” said Mr Brannigan. “This is a tremendous achievement for Armagh county.

“People do not come here for the warmth of our climate. They come here for the warmth of our people and the people of Armagh can use the Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre as a great way to showcase how hospitable we are as a region. A huge part of our hospitality is our food.

Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre forms the foundation stones of what we are aiming to achieve and is perfectly timed to celebrate the end of the harvest.”

There will be plenty of fun alongside the tasty treats, with the WI ladies organising another apple pie bake-off, the ever-popular apple peeling contest and the Tug O’War boys on hand to challenge the strength of the well-fed visitors.

“I will be there celebrating by the side of the local people of Richhill and Armagh county,” added Mr Brannigan, “and we will demonstrate how a great atmosphere, mixed with the warmth of our people and the flavours of our landscapes, can be very powerful in promoting a region on a much bigger scale.”

Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre runs from 10am to 6pm, when the day’s events will come to a spooktacular end with a fireworks display.