We are looking forward to welcoming neighbours, friends and new visitors to Rock Farm Slane this Sunday coming.
At only €5 per car admission, you will be kept busy on the farm meeting our pigs, Dexters cattle, turkeys as well as visiting the veg patch, forest garden and our Glamping and strawbale buildings. We have horse and carriage rides, a strawbale climbing area and fun activities for all the family, as well as a Farmer’s Market in the Hay Barn with music and food on offer. Come try our organic Dexter burgers, pork sausages and our wood-fired pizza.
Doors open at 11am and we will launch our Change X Slane Community Orchard at 11.30am.
Book your ticket now online at: www.strawfest18.eventbrite.ie
Schedule of events
11am Farmer’s Market with producers from the Slane Food Circle and wider Boyne Valley Flavours network
11am – 4pm Horse & cart rides with Ronan Clarke and his gorgeous draught horses around the farm and Glamping area (€5/adult, €2.50/child) tickets available here
11.30am Launch of the ChangeX Slane Open Orchard – to sign up for the meet up please click here: Change X Open Orchard Slane project
12pm – 3pm Music from the talented young Mr Christopher McCafferty (on the piano) and local musicians from Slane (on the Hay Barn stage)
12pm to 4.30pm Organic Dexter Burgers, Organic hot dogs and Pizzas from the wood-fired oven
12pm – 4pm Glamping tours – Visit our beautiful Glamping area and see what it’s like to stay in one of your yurts or shepherd huts. Check out the views of the infamous Slane Castle amphitheatre which will be hosting another concert in June 2019
12pm Meet and feed the Pigs – meet our outdoor organically reared sows, our Long White boar and their offspring as we explain how we ethically rear our pigs and our markets. We have lots of fallen apples and we’d love some volunteers to help feed them!
12.30pm Meet the Dexters – meet our native Irish cattle whose first record was made at Slane Castle in 1840. Learn about their hardy nature and how we keep them outdoors all year round.
1pm Meet the Turkeys & baby chicks! – come and meet the turkeys in the poultry area by the forest garden where our organic turkeys are reared on a mix of fallen fruit and herbs foraged in the Forest Garden
2pm Farm walk with Alex Conyngham (organic farmer and founder of Slane Irish Whiskey) Take a general tour of the organic farm and delve into barley growing for whiskey
3pm Five years on… a talk by Carina Conyngham on the challenges of running an eco-tourism business and how the eco-buildings are fairing after 5 years of wear and tear.
4pm Meet the Producers: meet our talented artisan producers like Hilda’s Jams, Boyne Valley Blue Cheese, Cockagee cider, Des Crinion cheese etc. and hear their story. Samples available and Q&A session after each speaker.
A Mini Food & Music Festival at Rock Farm Slane
Straw Fest is an Autumn celebration of artisan and organic food supported by the Boyne Valley Food Series and Slane Food Circle. It is also part of our relatively new tradition of celebrating the bounty around the time of the Autumn Equinox at Rock Farm, in previous years, when we’ve had plenty of produce to share. Harvest festival at Rock Farm is a time of hard work and joy as we reap the rewards of months of careful growing of vegetables and fruit.
We celebrating that joy by sharing produce, song and film together to gather our thoughts and plans for the Winter ahead.
We look forward to sharing that experience with you!
Highlights of Straw Fest (25th September)
Please book your ticket via Eventbrite by following this link http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-straw-festival-food-music-at-rock-farm-slane-boyne-valley-food-series-2016-tickets-24807762686?aff=es2