The first Food and Craft Fair in the Eco-Visitor Centre, Sonairte, at Laytown, Co Meath took place last Sunday 3rd March in good spring sunshine. A combination of factors resulted in nearly 500 visitors on the day. Apart from good weather, the Sunflower Café was serving delicious carrot and ginger soup, light lunches, teas, coffees, scones and cakes. There were 18 stalls in the Grand Hall and upstairs in the panoramic Upper Room. When the weather warms up a bit, many of these could be outdoors in the courtyards.

Guest speaker, Peter Donegan, an award winning designer, spoke in the Bee Museum about ‘Trends in Garden Design’ to a packed room. He quoted many other experts in this field of knowledge, such as Matthew Jebb, Director of the Botanic Gardens in Dublin. Essentially, no matter how good a garden design, a major makeover is needed every 10 – 12 years, to prevent the look of neglect taking hold.

Each 1st Sunday of the month will see a vibrant Food and Craft Fair in Sonairte 11am – 4pm along with a special event or guest speaker. The next event on Sunday 7th April will be a good film, ‘How Cuba Got By Without Oil’, showing in the Sonairte Bee Museum at 2pm that Sunday afternoon, 7th April. Entrance to Sonairte and the Fair is free, but the film entrance is €3, good value!

Peter Donegan, Landscape Designer and Broadcaster, talking 'Garden Design Trends' in Sonairte last Sunday.

Peter Donegan, Landscape Designer and Broadcaster, talking ‘Garden Design Trends’ in Sonairte last Sunday.


3 responses to this post.

  1. A real honour to be asked Trevor. And I got to speak at one of my most favourite places, Sonairte. Many thanks to you, the team there and those who came along on the day. All topped off with some lovely cake in The Sunflower café after 😉



    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on March 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Peter,
      It will be hard to fill your slot on Sun 7th April 2pm at the next Food and Craft Fair in Sonairte. We may have to make a film about How Cuba Managed Without Oil to maintain that level of interest you generated!


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