This Sunday (1st May) don’t miss our FREE one day Boyne Valley Food Series event. 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 on the day. Plus, Rock Farm Slane’s Recreational Tree Climbing Crew will be offering tree canopy experiences – pre booking essential see below for more details.
The day starts at 12pm and finishes around 4pm – free car parking is available and we will have refreshments available for you to enjoy as you take a tour of the market and farm.
The day includes:
12pm – Bealtaine ceremony
2pm – Farm walk with Alex Mount Charles
12pm – 4pm Recreational tree climbing: €39 for 2.5 hours
12pm – 4pm Glamping tours
12pm – 4pm Slane Food Circle and local producers’ market
Entry is Free but we ask you to register for your complementary tickets here. You can also book in for one of our Recreational 2 hour tree climbing experiences being hosted on the day by our very own Goodleaf Tree Climbing Crew. Priced at €39 per adult and €29 per child (over 8yrs) – pre booking is essential. You can book tree climbing when you register for tickets.
Each of the Slane Food Circle producers will be at the farmers market so you will get to meet them and hear their story.
John McDonnell, Shalvanstown is an organic farm and produces a range of organic beef and lamb, cereals and field vegetables
The Whole Hoggs
Peter & Susan Whelan run a free range pig farm outs ide Slane. They produce gourmet sausages and dry cure their own bacon along with charcuterie. They also run a small herd of dexter cows.
Rock Farm Slane are delighted to be part of this year’s Boyne Valley Food Series.
We will be hosting 4 events taking place on the Farm between May to September
Bookings will be taken via Eventbrite – please register to our NEWSLETTER for details for the launch of our Food Series ticket sales.
SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL is a feature length film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth.
The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems including climate change, dead zones, water scarcity and world hunger.
Symphony of the Soil has enjoyed a wide range of venues from international gatherings such as the World Bank Film Festival in Argentina and the International Convention of Soil Scientists, to local gatherings. It has screened at many conferences, food, farming and film festivals as well as hundreds of community screenings around the world. Irish screenings have taken place in October 2015 at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield in Dublin and Ballymaloe Grainstore. www.symphonyofthesoil.com
The upcoming Navan screening is being organized by Navan GIY(Grow it Yourself) and Lill Coyne of Gardeners Dynamic.
For more details please contact:
Claire Oakes(Navan GIY) 087-6760157 or Lill Coyne (Gardeners Dynamic!) 087-1343063
BIOG: Deborah Koons Garcia is best known for her 2004 film, THE FUTURE OF FOOD, which brought the issues of genetically engineered crops and the corporate control of our food supply to the world stage and helped jumpstart the organic/local food movement.
Here at Rock Farm Slane we love to support local food, artisan and craft producers. We are delighted to participate with this exciting new Christmas market event (wearing our Slane Food Circle hat and apron of course).
The event which runs over two days offers visitors the opportunity to pick up all of their Christmas gifts on one day in a unique setting!
Be sure to visit Festive Taste of the Boyne Valley from 11am to 5pm on Saturday November 28th and on Sunday November 29th at Kilsharvan House (located on the Duleek to Julianstown Road).
The Festive Taste of the Boyne Valley event will take place in conjunction with the Boyne Valley Food Series, the Artisan Food Producers and Boyne Valley Tourism. It will showcase the very best of the region’s artisan producers, small food businesses and crafts over a two day shopping experience in a very unique location. The event will be hosted by kind invitation at the home of the well-known entrepreneurs Gavin Duffy and Orlaith Carmody at Kilsharvan House, which offers a Mill House and church on a site set amongst the rolling green countryside in County Meath.
For more local events this Christmas visit www.discoverboynevalley.ie
Rock Farm Slane is located in the home of Halloween – County Meath. As part of our seasonal celebration and school holidays we are delighted to offer family accommodation packages that include onsite workshops, local tours and family tickets to local attractions.
Hill of Ward (Tlachtga), County Meath – The Birthplace of Halloween
Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated here in Co. Meath more than 2,000 years ago. Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year. The Celts believed that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life.
One of the main spiritual centres of the ancient Celts was located on top of the hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, near Athboy, Co. Meath. The druids felt that this world and the otherworld were closest at Tlachtga and it was here that the festival of Samhain, or Halloween, was started. The old year’s fires were extinguished and, after sunset, the ceremonial New Year Samhain fire was lit here. Torches were lit from this sacred fire and carried to seven other hills around the county including Tara and Loughcrew, and then on to light up the whole countryside.
Today, the old Celtic ceremony at Tlachtga has been revived and we mix the ancient past and the twenty-first century with a re-enactment of the Celtic celebration starting with a torchlit procession from the Fair Green in Athboy, Co. Meath to the top of the Hill of Tlachtga, at 7.30pm on October 31st each year.
The Straw Festival – Food, Film & Music Fest at Rock Farm Slane
The Straw Festival is an Autumn celebration of artisan and organic food as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series. It is also part of a 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.
FARMER’S MARKET & FARM TOURS
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:
(12pm to 5pm) Farmer’s Market with hot food, teas and coffees around the Strawbale Farm Office
(12pm to 4.30pm) Pop-up Pizza Restaurant – 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)
(12pm – 4pm) Tours of our Gold-certified Ecotourism Glamping overlooking Slane Castle and our new Strawbale Eco-Guesthouse (the Lime House) by Carina Mount Charles and her Rock Farm team.
FOOD FILMS in the STRAW BARN
(4pm – 7pm) Guth Gafa Film Festival will be showing some fabulous Food Documentary Films in our barn from which will be thought-provoking for #foodies #producers and the like. We will leave time between each film to allow for open discussion of the key themes.
Tickets will be sold separately for this event, please see below. €5/person/film or €8 for 2 films.
THE LONG TABLE FEAST
(7pm – 11pm) 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 (http://boylesofslane.com).
Tickets will be sold separately for this event which begins at 7pm. Please see below
HOW TO BOOK
Follow our Eventbrite link here for more details on how to book
This Christmas plays host to a jam packed range of events, courses and classes available right here in the village of Slane Co. Meath. Don’t be shy these events are open to both locals and the wider community. Come as strangers leave as friends – or just stay for the craic!
SLANE EVENTS – DEC 2014
Friday 5th: Slane Striders Christmas Party – €25 p.p. Meal &Entertainment – The Poets Rest at 7.30pm, Slane Striders are accepting new members,this includes membership of Mountaineering Ireland and access to great Irish walks.
Saturday 6th: Slane GFC Christmas Social Night Conyngham Arms Hotel, Music by Red Elvis and DJ Paddy Kearns
Saturday 6th: Santa is coming to Slane at 4pm on main street, all welcome to this annual Free Of Charge event, hosted by Slane Wanderers
Sunday 7th: Fancy Fair 3pm -5pm in Slane Parish Hall ,spin the wheel to win a calf! And many prizes to be won. All welcome. Hosted by Slane Wanderers
Sunday 7th: Slane credit Union Ltd AGM at 3.00pm ALL MEMBERS WELCOME
Wednesday 10th: Tankardstown House Merry & Bright Shopping Night 6.00pm – 9.00pm. Enjoy a stroll along the courtyard cottages shopping street and check out the gifts for sale, FREE admission
Sunday 14th: Christmas Bake Sale in Slane Parish Hall – 11am. Tea And Coffee are free and pick up some home baked treats.
Sunday 14th: Santa Visits The Boyne Valley Inn – Music by: DJ Groggy Mac – Disco and Goodies for all the Kids – 3pm to 6pm. A local favorite event.
Sunday 21st: Visit Slane Craft Collective and celebrate the Winter Solstice with a mince pie and Christmas tipple – demonstrations weather permitting
Friday 26th: Cycle for Cairde, Village Inn, Slane at 11am
Thur 11th & 18th at 4pm, Fri 2pm Sat & Sun12noon every weekend until Xmas: Slane Castle Christmas Market & Christmas Tree Sale
Sat & Sun 11am until 5.00pmevery weekend until Xmas: Redmountain Open Farm Christmas Experience, Visit Santa’s Sitting Room & Elves Workshop as well as live nativity scene & Much More…