Ulster Folk Museum

Harvest Festival

Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a traditional Ulster harvest. The whole of Ballycultra will swing into action to gather in the crops. Learn about rural life through activities such as threshing and cornmilling. Watch demonstrations of traditional skills and discover a range of time-honoured crafts. Best of all, there’ll be an abundance of traditional foods to sample.

- , Sat 28 Sep 2019

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Join us as we celebrate the setting of the sun and the reaping of the fields.  As harvest season descends we invite you to attend our Harvest Festival at the Ulster Folk Museum.  Pick your own potato and discover how these would have been cooked in the 1900’s.  Potatoes not your thing?  Join us in the orchard as we look to bring in our bumper crop of apples.  Our Donkeys will help you to escort these to the Parochial House where our guides will let you sample some of our preserves and chutneys.

The farm will be in full flow on Harvest Day and we encourage you to come visit as we bring the corn and flax from the field and to the traditional threshers.  Things don’t end there!  In order to make our traditional cakes and treats, we will need our flour.  Take the time to try our original millers stone and help bring the flour to our bakers.

After working up a thirst, be sure to visit the local pub for some of our tasty punch and take the time to enjoy our traditional musicians.  Our local craftspersons will be on hand to showcase their skills.  From Basket making to Blacksmithing and printing to weaving & spinning there is something for everyone to see.

Open hearth cooking and buttermaking will take place across the park, and we welcome visitors to sample some of our delectable delights.  A visit wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our donkeys and our local wanderer “Willy John”.  The Doctor will be in session and there’s always a bargain to be had in the Hardware store.

Entry to this event is included in a general admission ticket to the Ulster Folk Museum.