Belfast Telegraph

Armagh showcasing fruits of labour

By John Mulgrew

The Orchard County will show off the best it has to offer this week as thousands descend for a festival of everything apple-related.

Armagh's orchards will become the focus for Northern Ireland as Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre prepares to welcome thousands this weekend.

The event will include live music and entertainment, as well as cookery demonstrations which will run throughout the day with some of Armagh's finest showcasing their talents.

Speaking ahead of the event, Garath Keating, the Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, said: "We live and work in a very special place.

"Our reputation as being the Orchard County has certainly put our special place on the food map.

"The Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre is now in its third year and its success continues to build year on year.

"Here in Armagh we are very proud of our heritage so this is a fantastic day out in the rural Food Heartlands where we can all celebrate our world famous Bramley Apple and celebrate all of our other local producers.

"I am delighted to support the Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre."

Helping to launch the event, Hamilton Loney of Cafe Casa said: "The harvest is a very busy time for fruit growers like myself. There's so much work to do and this year there has been a fantastic crop.

"The Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre celebrates the work we do.

"It celebrates our connection with our land.

"It's an opportunity for families to come out and support the rural community's efforts."

The Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre, which has been organised by Richhill Buildings Preservation, will take place in the village on Saturday, and runs between 9.30am and 5pm.

It has received support from the council, along with donations from private businesses.

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