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Ould Lammas Fair's old favourites and new twists

By Staff Reporter

Published 25/08/2015

Crowds in Ballycastle
Crowds in Ballycastle
Two men chat on the street
An entertainer
Horses on display
Kathleen Brennan with grandchildren Sophie, Harry and Aimee
Artist sketches a portrait
Horse trader shows off his animal’s teeth

Dulse and Yellowman were as popular as ever at this year's Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle - and for once, the sun smiled on the holidaymakers.

The tasty old-time favourites went down a treat with locals and sightseers as the traditional harvest festival got under way once more.

Held on the last Monday and Tuesday in August for the past 400-odd years, this year's Lammas Fair brought a colourful and noisy blend of artists and artisans, traders and tourists, performers, barrow boys, horses and horsemen onto the narrow, picturesque streets of the little seaside town that lies at the foot of the Glens. Every year, come rain, come shine, the traditional fair attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy the delights of Northern Ireland's breathtaking north coast.

This year, the fair made an enormous effort to shed some the tacky image it has sometimes been associated with - and it seemed to have paid off.

Traders from the Naturally North Coast and Glens community market were hoping their locally-made artisan products would make the Lammas Fair a magnet for Northern Ireland's growing army of foodies.

A spokeswoman for the artisans said: "We will be offering everyone an opportunity to meet the many food and craft producers and suppliers from the north coast, Glens and wider area."

She added: "Ballycastle is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat - and for those that seek something different."

The community market, which includes stalls selling goat meat and others featuring wood-turning and bakery is close to the Diamond area - the heart of the Lammas Fair, which continues today.

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