Outside the cars queued to get in and an army of volunteers directed them quickly and efficiently to parking.
|4pm on the last day|
Most of the exhibitors came from Cavan and the surrounding counties. A whole aisle given over to new micro breweries with tables and chairs at the end where you could sit and sample their wares and watch the world go by.
|Local Virginia micro brew|
|Brehon from Carrickmacross|
|Cockagee from Meath|
|Piedmontese beef burger and a Celtic Warrier beer|
|Really good organic coffee|
|Rachel Allen from Ballymaloe|
|Sampling the food from Anjula Devi's demo|
|Gearoid Lynch from The Olde Post Inn|
|Glorious cakes from Shane Smith's demo|
A walk around the food stands where most were giving taste samples and selling their wares. What struck me was so many doing the same thing. Any amount of the ubiquitous cup cake (when will we tire of these?) Some looked great, some were just horrendous. In fact I stood beside one stand which had the worst excess of sugar, artificial flavouring and colouring and listened to all the comments. The vast majority were positive........
|Red velvet cakes pretty and simple|
Wildwood Vinegars have the packaging lark sewn up. I would buy them just for the bottles alone. It helps that they make the most amazing vinegars from wild berries and flowers grown around them in Co. Mayo. We bought some and left them with him for safe keeping. When we returned the stand had been cleaned out. The proof is in the pudding.
|Lovely packaging from Delish Melish|
|The official photographer and some curious small girls|