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Bealtaine Celebration & Farmers Market - Hosted by Slane Food Circle (Boyne Valley Food Series 2017)

Starts2017-05-01 11:00:00

Ends2017-05-01 17:00:00

PRICE 4.06

Come celebrate the start of Summer at Rock Farm Slane with our Bealtaine festival in association with Slane Food Circle.

This one day Boyne Valley Food Series event is open to one and all - especially food lovers as we will be hosting members of Slane Food Circle who will have their food, drinks and ice creams available for you to sample and buy. The event will include a farmer's market, tours of the glamp site and farm tours. There will also be activities going on throughout the day including tree climbing and kayaking.

The day includes:

11am - 5pm Slane Food Circle and local producers' market 

11am - 4pm Recreational tree climbing and kayaking

12pm - 4pm Glamping tours

12pm - Bealtaine ceremony 

2pm - Farm walk with Alex Mount Charles

Meet the Slane Food Circle Producers

Boyne Valley Blue Cheese
Michael Finegan is well known both locally and nationwide for his award winning blue goats cheese from his own herd of 300 milking goats

Cockagee Cider, Mark Jenkinson
Mark Jenkinson is the proud winner of the Best Medium Dry Cider in Ireland award at the
Cider-Ireland Craft Cider competition (Slow Food Ireland Applefest 2013. Mark uses the
ancient technique of Keeving to produce this fine, high quality dry cider.

Des Crinion - Stackallen
Des Crinion is an organic farmer producing cheese, ice cream, eggs and salad crops just
outside the village of Slane

Newgrange Gold
Newgrange Gold Rapeseed and Camelina Oil is grown and produced at Crewbane in the heart
of the Boyne Valley. The oils are 100% traceable because the rapeseed is grown, pressed and bottled entirely on the farm.

Rock Farm & Conynghams
Carina Mount Charles and her husband, Alex, produce a variety of organic vegetables, fruit,
pork and beef throughout the year on the Rock Farm under the Conyngham’s label.

Shalvanstown Organic Farm
John McDonnell, Shalvanstown is an organic farm and produces a range of organic beef and
lamb, cereals and field vegetables

Come along and taste just how delicious Slane really is!  We look forward to welcoming you on the day

The Straw Festival (Food & Music) at Rock Farm Slane - Boyne Valley Food Series 2017

Starts2017-10-01 11:00:00

Ends2017-10-01 18:00:00

PRICE 5.00


Straw Fest  

1st October 2017 

 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 Seriesand 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!


Slane Food Circle



 This year we are focussing on the combined talents of the local producers from the Slane Food Circle as well as other Boyne Valley Food Series producers:

 (11am to 5pm) Farmer's Market with artisan food, teas and coffees around the Strawbale Farm Office 

 (12pm - 4pm) Tours of Gold-certified Ecotourism Glamping overlooking Slane Castle and our new Strawbale Eco-Guesthouse (the Lime House) 

 (12pm to 4.30pm) Pop-up Pizza  

 Fresh homemade pizzas in our 2 wood-fired clay pizza ovens. Choose your own ingredients and wait for a new taste sensation €10/pizza.

 (2pm) Organic Farm Walk hosted by Alex Mount Charles (Slane Castle Whiskey Distillery) 

 (3pm) Green Building Workshop with Carina Mount Charles starting at the Strawbale Farm Office.

 Tickets will be sold separately for this event

 This one-hour condensed workshop will consist of a short presentation on our strawbale building project showing the different types of strawbale buildings (loading-bearing and timber-frame). We will then take a walk around the project to visit the different types of buildings. As part of our permaculture ethos we endeavour to use everything we grow from the straw from the barley fields for building to food and human waste (urine and humanure) for composting. The small residue of grey water and foul waste that we can't use goes into our new Integrated Constructed Wetland, which is at construction stage.

 This is a unique opportunity to see and learn about a variety of green building techniques and domestic-sized green waste management facilities. We have self-built compost toilets, Separett and Dubbletten compost toilets, an Aquatron, ICW as well as wormeries, bokashi buckets and a farm-scale composting system. 



(5:30pm - 10pm) No food event should be without its feast. This unique dining experience will be held in our new strawbuild the Lime House. This is an opportunity to break bread with friends old and new and share in the abundance of the harvest. Please bring a sharing plate of your own produce or invention to share at the table and in exchange you will get to sample the best of our local produce. 


We will finish the evening with a campfire and an acoustic session in the Pit beside the Lime House from the Wednesday Gang from Boyle's Pub in Slane (

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