Balmoral Show - A Family Day Out

Glastry Farm Ice Cream, Co. Down

This week sees the four day extravaganza that is the Balmoral Show take place in Balmoral Park, Lisburn, Northern Ireland. This dedicated modern outdoor venue, provides ample space for a show which combines agricultural interests with family events and most importantly, great food!

This show, running from the 10th-13th of May, has a massive emphasis on country life, with competitive sports like sheep shearing, show jumping and  other equestrian events and livestock classes of cattle, pigs, horses and sheep  in the show ring. Gardeners can enjoy the Garden Village, including edible gardens in the polytunnels. You may get a few ideas for your own garden. 

Balmoral Agricultural Show - Events

Professionals in the dairy industry will be fascinated by the Robotic Milking Display which shows how a herd of 40 cattle are milked every day with an up-to-the-minute automated system. No more getting up at 4am for the modern farmers!

Add to all this lively atmosphere from street entertainment as performers wander the showgrounds and put on impromptu theatrical acts for showgoers. All the way from Down Under, The Kangaroo Kid will be up to his daredevl antics with ‘don’t try this at home’ stunts on a quad bike!  An adrenalin packed show in store there!


There will be over 700 trade stands to explore during the four days - everything from plant machinary to arts and crafts. If you’re a foodie, the NI Food Tent at Balmoral Show has the theme ‘Grown Here, Not Flown Here’. A motto we like very much indeed! Over 90 local food and drink companies will be showcasing the best of local produce in the NI Food Tent over the four days. You may see a couple of familiar faces with a couple of our Good Food Ireland members attending! Look out for:

Glastry Farm Ice Cream – farm made ice cream in several flavours and just right for digging into as you browse the attractions of the show! 

The Taylor family have been farming on the land at Glastry Farm near Kircubbin, Co. Down since 1856. They have a pedigree herd of dairy cattle which produces all the milk and cream for their wonderful products. This production is a real family affair, with the parents at the helm, a son looking after the dairy herd and a daughter minding the accounts. 

Glastry Farm Ice Cream, Co. Down

That's why the ice-cream has that special "cared for" taste, which only comes from personal commitment and dedication to the end-product. 

You’ll discover tht in the taste as you enjoy a tub at the Balmoral Show! Read more about the family which makes Glastry Farm Ice Cream in our review here. Don’t miss our ice cream folks on Stand 2!! 

Armagh Cider Company – if you‘re prone to enjoying a glass of real craft cider made with wholesome homegrown apples, pop along to the Armagh Cider Company on Stand 82. 

Armagh is known as The Orchard County. Fittingly, at Ballinteggert House, just outside Portadown, the Troughton family are the fourth generation to grow apples. Their orchards have been established here since 1898. Philip and Helen Troughton are the people behind the Armagh Cider company. 

Armagh Cider Company, Co. Armagh

Philip's father first planted the cider apple seeds of success, with a long held dream to make this craft beverage on the farm. With an upturn in the apple market, he focused instead on producing fresh cooking apples for retail and also supplying to a commercial cider maker.

But the cider dream was brought alive again by Philip and Helen, who decided it was time to realise the ambition of Philip's father 'TG'. Carson's Cider was introduced in 2006, handcrafted on the farm from Troughton's own fresh orchard apples, with the help of master cider maker Keith Knight from the UK. You can read more about the Armagh Cider Company range in our review here. 

You’ll find details of ticket purchase, how to get to the Balmoral Showgrounds and a full time table of all the events in the show rings on the Balmoral Show website. 

Harnett's Oils - Another Good Food Ireland member showcasing their excellent produce at Balmoral is Harnett's Oils. Produced from GM free rapeseed and hemp seeds on the family Waring Estate in Co. Down, Jane Harnett has taken her family history of growing and oil production to the next level. Jane's oils are made from homegrown seeds and are cold pressed to retain their healthy nutrients. A wonderful culinary oil for cooking and also lovely to dip into some freshly baked bread, you can enjoy the oils in a variety of ways. 

Jane Harnett, Harnett's Oils

Jane attends the Balmoral show every year and loves the opportunity to get her products out to the public and to also chat with eager foodies. Make sure to stop by and say hello if you are attending. Read all about Harnett's Oils in their review here. 

You’ll find details of ticket purchase, how to get to the Balmoral Showgrounds and a full time table of all the events in the show rings on the Balmoral Show website. 

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