Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle

My two daughters and I spent a wonderful day out at the Dalriada festival in the beautiful setting of Glenarm Castle Grounds.


This was our first time at the festival. Armed with a picnic rug, wellies (which thankfully we didn’t need) and enough snacks to keep us going for a week, we arrived around 11am. Car parking was plentiful but beware the cow pats and be prepared to walk!! There was camping facilities also.

Once inside there was lots to do. Plenty of military stalls, even a spitfire! There were bands playing, dancers dancing and singers singing. There was also a super Cossack horse rider who performed excellent stunts.


My kids were very keen to see Paw Patrol and were duly obliged by high 5’s from Marshall and Chase!!


We rested in the Walled garden and had a cuppa and snacks before heading off to the Food area.


The Fine Foods included Shortcross gin, Burren Balsamics, Armagh cider and PEPPUP to name but a few.

The BBQ anchor was The Stove Yard doing cookery demos with The Big Green Egg BBQ. I tried the jerk chicken wings which were exactly how I had em in the Caribbean!!


My two girls became Maestro Pizzaioli’s courtesy of Frankie and Bennies. They got to make their own pizzas and eat them!!


There was a big craft marquee in which were all sorts from pens to soaps to onions to ceramics, jams and football items.

There was also a fabulous authentic Indian Henna or Mehndi stand which was very busy and the artist was Binder Tohani.

Please follow her on http://www.facebook/bindertohani Binder is available for weddings, parties, events and bespoke henna courses.


More blogs to follow on tasting of samples of bacon, onions and Peppup sauce I received to follow…..


After a packed day it was home time as my girls  were pretty tired! Pity as I would have loved to have unwound and enjoy the evening entertainment with a drink or two!! Saturday headline was Andrew Strong from The Commitments and Sunday looks good……might have to leave the girls and go check it out…..will you?!

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