Entertainment and Exhibitors Announced for the Point-to-Point & Country Fair at Dowth Sunday, 30th October.


Devenish has announced details of the exhibitors and entertainment on offer at the Point-to-Point & Country Fair taking place on Sunday, October 30th at Dowth. Hosted by Devenish, the Dowth Point-to-Point will feature 6 races over 3 miles and fences, with a thrilling extra Pony Club race after the last race. The first race is off at 12.30pm, with gates open from 11am.

In addition to heart-stopping racing, there will be an array of foodie delights on offer with event ambassador and Michelin star chef, Richard Corrigan offering live cookery demonstrations on the day. Having recently received the prestigious accolade of “Overall Foodie Destination Winner 2016 in the nationwide competition, The Boyne Valley Food Tent will showcase local producers. Award-winning, artisan producers who will be sampling & selling their products include Newgrange Gold, The Cider Mill, Finnegans Farm, Hilda’s Homemades, Urban India, Coole Swan, Tullyard, What’s For Pudding, and Burkes Farm Ice-cream.  There will also be a range of food vendors and barista coffee onsite. Indulge your senses with choice of oriental cuisine, gourmet burgers, chicken from the Wing Bar, savoury quiches, succulent hog roasts or artisan sandwiches before indulging in sweet treats and barista prepared coffees. 

The Shopping Village will host brands such as Carol Sheridan Interiors, Mc Dowell’s Jewellers,  Chislers children’s boutique,  PC Racewear, Sports Den, John Daly Carved Sticks, Mojo watches, Swaggles Dog Collars, and array of craft including decoupage, ceramics, wood turning, paper craft and gift-wear. In addition to this, there will be exhibits by renowned artist John Fitzgerald and acclaimed photographer Síobhan English who will both be selling their works and be taking commissions on the day. 

The Farm Africa Kids Zone will feature Bouncy Castles,  Punch and Judy Shows, Magic Shows, Spooky Storytelling,  Arts & Crafts, Pumpkin Carving, Welly Throwing and lots of outdoor games. As charity partner for the event, Farm Africa will be raising awareness for their work in Eastern Africa helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more and their mascot Gary the Goat will be meeting and greeting visitors to the Farm Africa Kids Zone throughout the day. The Vintage Barber Shop singers will be lending their support with an afternoon performance fundraising for Farm Africa.

Complimenting all of this, are the many local country fair exhibitors who include Newgrange Falconry, Michael Goulding of the The Royal Meath Bee Society and their exhibition hive, The Deer Society of Ireland, Fly-tie fishing demonstrations, champion gun dog retrieval demonstrations and also the Agri-Aware mobile farm will feature a range of farm animals from piglets to poultry.

Commenting on the forthcoming Point-to-Point & Country Fair, Owen Brennan, Executive Chairman of the Devenish Group who are hosting the event noted:-“We look forward to a great day of racing, food, exhibitions and family fun with something for everyone at the “Old Racecourse”here in Dowth. We hope it will be a great community event and invite everyone to don their wellies and join us at Dowth as we celebrate the best of country life in the beautiful Autumn countryside” 

The Dowth Point-to-Point and Country Fair hosted by Devenish promises to be a great day out for all the family this Halloween weekend. Showcasing the very best of country life in the mystical lands at Dowth, this will be a truly unique Point-to-Point and Country Fair. Tickets are 10 each, under 12s go free. See www.dowthp2p.ie for more details and to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will also available on the day.

For further information, images or to arrange an interview please contact:-

Tamso Doyle - 087-2936357 or Emer Lynch – 0876943299

Website:- www.dowthp2p.ie

Facebook:- Facebook.com/dowthp2p

Twitter:- @dowthp2p

Champion Lady Point-to-Point Rider Aileen O’Sullivan (from Walterstown, Co.Meath) with racehorse ‘Lady of Brega’ to launched The 2016 Point to Point and Country Fair at Dowth which will take place on Sunday 30th October. 

About Devenish:-

2015 saw the return of racing to the ‘Old Racecourse’ at Dowth Hall, which first hosted races meetings as far back as the1700’s. Located on the banks of the River Boyne, Dowth is steeped in history and mythological legend. Last year over 3,000 visitors attended the event and 5,000 are expected this year. 

The October 2016 event will feature The Boyne Valley Food Series food fair headed by Michelin starred chef, Richard Corrigan, who will provide cooking demonstrations using delicious local produce. There will also be a wide range of craft, art and lifestyle exhibitors celebrating all aspects of Irish county life. This will be complemented by family entertainment, country fair demonstrations and a shopping village. The Dowth Hall Point-to-point promises to be a great day out for young and old alike, celebrating the best of racing, artisan food, Boyne Valley heritage and country pursuits.
On Saturday, October 29th, the evening before racing, Devenish Nutrition will host 300 guests at their inaugural Charity Ball in aid of Farm Africa. Under twinkling stars and against its historical backdrop, Dowth Hall is ideally suited to host such a high profile and elegant event. Richard Corrigan will design the seasonal menu.

Devenish provide innovative nutritional solutions and technical expertise to the livestock feed and human health industries. Founded in 1952, Devenish was acquired by the current management team led by Owen Brennan in 1997. Since then, the company has gone on to become the UK and Ireland’s largest independent provider of premixes, starters and speciality products to the ruminant, monogastric and companion animal market.

Employing 400 staff, Devenish have manufacturing facilities in the UK, in Belfast, Sheffield, Widnes and Dishforth as well as 2 facilities in the US and offices in UAE and India. Earlier this year, Devenish were awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade as a result of sales growth in excess of 300% in the last 3 years. 

For more information, visit www.devenish.com or follow them on Twitter @DevenishNutri

About the Lands at Dowth:- Sitting on 420 acres, the Lands at Dowth contains a rich array of Neolithic and medieval archaeolog. It is part of the Brú na Bóinne Unesco World Heritage Site and hosted racing as early as the 1700’s.

Acquired by the Brennan Family in 2013, the Lands and Dowth Hall are currently undergoing restoration work to restore the house to its former glory. In the past year, the Lands have been opened up to the public on numerous occasions including last months Family Fun Day which saw over 1,200 people walk a trail discovering the Lands archaeology and architecture and learned how food and farming have influenced the landscape over the past 6,000 years.

About Farm Africa:-

Farm Africa is a leading international development charity that reduces poverty by unleashing the ability of farmers across eastern Africa to grow more, sell more and sell for more. We apply practical approaches to development, providing inputs, tools and expertise to enable farmers to double or triple their yields. 

Farm Africa helps farmers to become more resilient to the effects of climate change and to access markets so they can increase their income and build sustainable businesses. We work closely with communities, the private sector and governments to make sure we’re finding the most effective ways to sustain natural resources, increase food production and help end Africa’s need for aid.

Typically, Farm Africa’s staff are from the local area, can speak the local language, and have a deep understanding of the local context. With more than 30 years’ experience working on the ground in rural Africa, we have a unique ability to spark change.
For more information please visit www.farmafrica.org or follow us on Twitter @FarmAfrica.

Members of the award winning Boyne Valley Food Series at the at the launch The 2016 Point to Point and Country Fair at Dowth which will take place on Sunday 30th October. 

Eamonn O'Sullivan