Experience farming life as Ulster Folk Museum hosts Harvest Festival celebration

Feasts, fare and farming are on the menu as families are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and celebrate the autumn harvest at the Harvest Festival.

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The family event will take place in Ballycultra town and surrounding rural areas at the museum on Saturday, September 28.

Throughout the day visitors to the museum will have the chance to step back in time and experience what farming life was like in rural Ulster over 100 years ago.

Pick apples as you take a stroll through the Orchard, dig your hands into the earth to gather potatoes at Coshkib Hill Farm, have a go at making butter, experience milling as you grind flour for hearty and traditional recipes or try your hand flax pulling and threshing.

After you’ve worked the fields visit one of the many farmhouses and outbuildings and take in the aroma of open-hearth cooking as you sample some the produce harvested.

Other traditional farm activities will include straw rope making, animal feeding and grooming, and blacksmithing in the 19th century Lisrace Forge.

Robert Berry, Farm Manager at the Ulster Folk Museum, said: “Harvest festivals were once an important part of community life, where neighbours gathered to celebrate the maturation of their bountiful crops. Today, it’s important to reflect on the food on our plates.

“For many this is the first time they will see and experience what life is like to live off the land, so our upcoming Harvest Festival at the Ulster Folk Museum is the perfect opportunity celebrate our rich agricultural heritage.”

Harvest Festival at the Ulster Folk Museum takes place on Saturday, September 28. Entry is included in the cost of general admission to the museum.