Celebrating All That Is Harvest Season Richmond Barracks September Harvest Fair
Published on 21st September 2022
September 24th & 25th | 11am - 5pm | Admission Free
To celebrate our rich and abundant harvest season, Richmond Barracks in Inchicore will host a Harvest Fair on the 24th and 25th of September from 11am – 5pm, where you can enjoy a cornucopia of seasonal food, crafts, clothing, design and art.
Admission is FREE and as well as stalls offering expertly crafted and unique products made by local businesses, artists and craftspeople, and delicious locally made food from the harvest. Visitors of all ages will have the chance to take part in one of the Harvest themed drop-in creative workshops. Plus find out what’s coming up in the Culture Connects programme for all ages, including crafts, dance, gardening, local history, storytelling and singing.
Iseult Byrne, CEO of Dublin City Council Culture Company, commented: “Richmond Barracks is a cornerstone of the community in Inchicore. The Harvest Fair is the perfect reason to visit this fantastic building, take part in some drop in workshops, buy something for the home or a gift, and learn about all the things you can do at Richmond Barracks when you return to see us again. We’re delighted to welcome social enterprises, small businesses and traders from the local areas around Dublin 8, 10, 12 and 24 and in some cases introduce them to new customers or participants. There will be a warm welcome for everyone.”
Local vendors offering a chance to snap up some gorgeous clothing, crafts, design, art and more include:
- Designer Nikki Collier will be selling scarves and hats to keep you wrapped up and warm for autumn and winter.
- Kilmainham Craft - peruse and purchase some of Celine Jackson’s beautiful bespoke autumn themed jewellery and brooches.
- Be Alice - Alice Brady will offer her beautifully designed autumn themed hand-embroidery.
- Blue Bridge House, a textile studio based in Dublin 8. Laura works from a carefully selected range of natural fibres such as organic cotton, linen, hemp or up-cycled fabrics to create unique handmade ethical collections of homeware and accessories with a sustainable ethos.
- KnobsNBobs: Clondalkin based sisters, Rachel and Kim with a love of all things handmade and home grown. Fans of primitive arts and crafts, they make home decor items with a nod to the past - vintage style will never go out of fashion! Firm believers that plants make people happy.
- Enagh Illustration: Enagh is launching a "Harvest" greeting card at the Harvest Market in Richmond Barracks. It is blank on the inside, designed to be framed and aimed at people who wish to honour the importance of growing and harvesting food and herbal plants, the Autumn Equinox or Samhain
- Literary Lip Balms provide a range of natural skincare products inspired by stories. Their skincare products are lovingly made by hand in our studio in Grand Canal, Dublin.
And interactive and engaging workshops and tours, with something for all ages to delve into include:
- Harvest themed eco-crafts using nature to create fun sticker designs for adults and children (FREE. Book online or drop in on the day. Saturday, 1pm),
- Make your own wax wrap for sandwiches and food with Aoife Munn (FREE. Book online or drop in on the day. Sunday, 1pm).
- Green-fingered visitors can join Eco-Gardener-In-Residence, Polly Rowley-Sams, for a Biodiversity Walking Tour - this has been developed in collaboration with local environmental groups and highlights the important role we can all play in supporting biodiversity locally. Discover the ecology of the locality and the surprising flora and fauna found within it on this tour that takes you through St. Michael's Estate, along the canal and back towards the village of Inchicore. (€5 Per Adult, Kids Go Free).
- Little Fitness is a fun, inclusive educational fitness class for children, supporting them to reach physical milestones, encourage social interaction amongst peers, and allow them to take part in non - competitive activities, to help build resilience, grow confidence and develop their physical and mental health through participation. (FREE. Book online or drop in on the day. Saturday 3pm | Sunday 11am)
While epicurean treats from the food and drink offering includes two local social enterprises - The Green Kitchen with WALK from Walkinstown, and The FoodCloud Kitchen, Ireland’s First Zero Waste Food Truck.
- The Green Kitchen & Garden Shop is a social enterprise that partners with WALK, the charity who believe that people with disabilities have the right to live as contributing members in the everyday life of their community. They support people through employment, training and community living opportunities. The Green Kitchen prides itself on its tasty, nutritious, home-cooked foods and serves coffee from the award winning coffee roasters, Bell Lane Coffee.
- The FoodCloud Kitchen uses excess surplus food from the FoodCloud Hubs that would otherwise go to waste as ingredients to prepare a delicious food offering to citizens, community organisations and corporate partners at festivals, events or special occasions. Not only do they serve delicious food that helps save the planet, but it comes with a generous side of social impact as all profits go back into FoodCloud’s core activity of redistributing surplus food to over 600 community and voluntary organisations across Ireland.
- Baker Marta Wincety-Cincy will have a delicious array of freshly baked cakes decorated with seasonal flowers and designs.
- Dublin Food Co-op will be on site selling a range of locally grown harvest vegetables and fruit.
- And visitors can also enjoy refreshments from Vintage Brew, Gumbo Etc and The Crepe Escape.
September’s Harvest Fair at Richmond Barracks highlights food, design and crafting and is the second in a series of fairs during 2022/23 brought to you by Dublin City Council Culture Company (which runs Richmond Barracks) and Dublin South City Partnership with Kilmainham Inchicore Network. These quarterly fairs showcase the quality and creativity of the small businesses, craftspeople, makers and social enterprises abundant in the local area, as well as promoting culture, creativity and conversation. Many of the businesses showcasing their products and services are supported by Dublin South City Partnerships. Local community groups giving showcases of their work include the Dublin Food Coop, Samhain, and Inchicore Environmental Group. Connections Arts Centre, Global Action Plan and An Green On will also be presenting.
Details of all stalls, workshops, entertainment and showcases are available at https://www.richmondbarracks.ie/whats-on/harvest-fair/
Notes To Editor
About Dublin City Council Culture Company
Established in March 2018, Dublin City Council Culture Company runs cultural initiatives and buildings across the city for, and with, the people of Dublin. Collaborating with citizens, communities, cultural organisations, businesses, and Dublin City Council itself, the company’s work is focused on embedding cultural experiences and increasing cultural participation throughout Dublin’s neighbourhoods. We connect people and communities through culture and conversation. When people feel connected to their local area they feel safer and stronger, and are healthier. For more information, see www.dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie
About Culture Connects
Dublin City Council wants to open up ways for people to experiment with all kinds of culture. Culture Connects is our year-round programme that invites people in Dublin to try out new things. We offer ways for people to make and create together, to share ideas and connect through culture and conversation. Culture Connects is made by Dublin City Council Culture Company and currently runs at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore.
About Richmond Barracks
Richmond Barracks is a building of historical importance located in Inchicore. It is home to a library, garden, cafe and Culture Connects, a programme of cultural activities and events that celebrate the experiences and interests of the local communities and people.
Photo Credit: Photo by Senija Topcic