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Hillsborough Farmers’ Market returns with artisan and craft to the fore

The extremely popular Hillsborough Farmers’ Market series is set to return this month.

Three farmers’ markets will take place along The Dark Walk in the historic village of Hillsborough from 10am to 3pm on the last Saturday of August, September and October.

Visitors can expect a diverse range of seasonal produce and horticulture, as well as a carefully considered selection of designer craft and sustainable living products from producers and vendors from across Northern Ireland, including several newcomers to the foodie scene.

A selection of popular artisan producers, many of whom have become very well-known at the markets, will make their return, including local meat producers Buchanan’s Farm Shop and Ballyriff Buffalo.

Castlescreen Farm will also be present at the August market to showcase its award-winning vegetable roll and burgers, steaks and joints from its ‘Pasture for Life’ status farmed Dexter beef herd.

Other returning artisan and street food favourites will include Deli Muru, Ispini Charcuterie, Indie Fude’s artisan Irish cheese stall, Tom & Ollie and Cavanagh Eggs, as well as coffee and street food specialists The Fancy Fox and The Hatch.

Alderman Amanda Grehan, chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, said: “After a tough 18 months for businesses throughout the council area, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the return of our

series of Hillsborough Farmers’ Markets.

“We expect there to be a high level of interest from families and friends alike who are searching for both a great end-of-summer day out browsing the market stalls whilst taking in the stunning surroundings of Hillsborough.

“Market-goers can expect a line-up of local food producers, craft and sustainable living products that will not disappoint by any means, with offerings including speciality rare-breed meats, seasonal and local vegetables, award-winning charcuterie, preserves, chutneys and pickles, Irish artisan cheeses, fresh bread, cakes, gelato, plants and much more.

“I am delighted the market will also showcase a range of new producers and horticultural offerings at this year’s market series.

“These will include a selection of artisan sourdough breads and viennoiserie from local makers Spontaneous Deuce, a wild array of herbaceous perennials and grasses from independent plant nursery Potters Hill Plants and locally produced and naturally flavoured mouth-watering gelato from Aaron at Moon Gelato – to name just a few.”

This year’s event will be managed with Covid-19 mitigation measures in place.

The open-air market will extend its reach into the grounds of the historic fort to allow for increased space for social distancing.

n Hillsborough Farmers’ Market will trade from 10am-3pm on Saturday, August 2.

n For further information please visit www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com with frequent updates on Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council on Facebook.com/VisitLisburnCastlereagh, Twitter @VisitLisburn and Instagram @visitlisburncastlereagh.

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