The North Coast is famed for its stunning beaches, fish & chips, whiskey and ice cream but there is more going on than meets the eye.
Just outside Ballycastle change is afoot with the forward thinking Broughgammon Family Farm who are making waves across Ireland and beyond.
The Cole Family established Broughgammon Farm back in 2004 and started to create a new style of farming.
Headed up by brothers Charlie and Sandy, the family rear, butcher and sell Cabrito Kid Goat meat and Rose Veal, the products can be purchased at their purpose built Farm Shop or at various events across Ireland, including the upcoming Allianz Garden Show Ireland at Antrim Castle Gardens.
Broughammon appear to be starting a bit of a revolution, with a host of awards under their belt for sustainability, they have their own butchery and offer butchery courses, sausage making courses and even seaweed foraging.
They sell their products online, attend various events and have their own cook book. And with Goat meat being low in cholesterol, high in iron and protein, leaner than beef, pork or lamb it seems sure to be part of our diets for years to come.
Charlie Cole from Broughgammon had this to say: “We love getting out and about and meeting people at events, we enjoy spreading the “We love GOAT” message and telling people how healthy and tasty it is. We had a fantastic time at Garden Show Ireland last year and really look forward to serving up some tasty treats this year too.”
In attending and exhibiting at the Allianz Garden Show Ireland, Broughgammon will join a host of other local food producers in the Food NI Pavillion. Featuring a range of local produce for sale, the Food Pavilion will be home to producers such as Long Meadow Cider - a recently launched brand that is created from 100% natural apples grown on the family farm in Portadown and Broighter Gold - a rape seed oil created by Richard and Leona Kane from Broglasco Farm on the outskirts of Limavady.
Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive Officer at Food NI is excited to be involved in this year’s event: “The sheer quality of our food and drink has been a secret for far too long. We create showcases for Northern Ireland food at key food events throughout the year and we are delighted to be working with Garden Show Ireland to create a high quality food market. It is shaping up to be a great event - we can’t wait.”
Claire Faulkner, Director of Allianz Garden Show Ireland, said: “We are always keen to bring new experiences to our visitors and this year the variety of food on offer is staggering.
“It is fantastic to support these exciting local companies whose passion for their produce is palpable and at the same time to provide new experiences for our visitors. We are extremely grateful to Food NI for their support and look forward to tasting some exceptional local produce.”
Promising a ‘Festival of flowers, food and fun’, the 2015 Allianz Garden Show Ireland, which runs from 8th-10th May, will focus on bringing the fun of ‘all things garden’ to as many people as possible. Sitting alongside the traditional array of specialist plants, artisan food stalls, local craft and show gardens will be fun filled activities appealing to all age groups - live music, a dedicated kids’ zone, a garden cinema and much more. Plus, the appearance of numerous gardening and food experts, including BBC’s Monty Don who will be appearing at the Show on Saturday 9th May.