Following the success of last year’s open-air concert to celebrate the centre’s 40th Anniversary, Rushmere Shopping Centre will bring all the fun of the fair to Craigavon with its inaugural Music & Food Festival.
A celebration of the area’s local produce, its unique farming heritage and the toe tapping sounds of country music, the centre’s two-day Festival event will kick off on Friday, 8th September with a country music concert featuring local talent Cliona Hagan and Ritchie Remo. A food fair with producers and suppliers from across the region will provide abundant opportunities for visitors to enjoy delicious food, succulent barbeques and thirst-quenching local ciders and craft beers.
Ritchie Remo began playing fiddle and guitar when he was ten years old, before joining his father onstage for weekend gigs from the age of 14. Twenty-two years on and he now has eight studio albums under his belt and tours across Ireland and the UK. Cliona Hagan is a relative newcomer to the country music scene, but the Tyrone girl has grown up with music on her mind. From performing in Belfast’s Grand Opera House at just nine years old to reaching the final of RTE’s ‘All Ireland Talent Show’, Cliona, a fully qualified music teacher, is pursuing her dream of a career in country music.
Throughout Saturday, 9th September, the Food Village will be in full swing with numerous activities and distractions for the kids and Downtown Country will be holding a roadshow with promotions and giveaways all day.
Martin Walsh, Centre Manager at Rushmere, said;
“With the success of our 40th celebrations, we wanted to combine great music, fantastic local food and a real festival atmosphere to draw the crowds from Craigavon, the surrounding area and beyond. We are delighted to welcome Cliona and Ritchie to the stage in the upper car park for the Friday night.
“With the support of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, our showcase of some of the finest food, sweet treats and drinks from across Northern Ireland will help support the thriving industry based on the world-class produce we have to offer. With the Downtown Country roadshow on the Saturday there will be a family-friendly atmosphere all day, now all we need is the weather!”
Almost 30 producers and suppliers will be represented in the food village during the Friday evening and all day Saturday. Representing some of the leading restaurants across the region including Uluru, The 4 Vicars and The Moody Boar in Armagh, local bakeries, oils, cider producers and butchers will also have their wares available to sample and buy
Saturday is free and open to members of the public to visit while a limited number of tickets will be available to purchase for the Fridayevening’s festivities. Available from the Customer Service Desk in the centre, tickets for Rushmere’s Music & Food Festival Friday night are £10 each or £25 for a family of four. Opening times for the Festival are 4:30-9:30pm on Friday (ticketed entry only) and from 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Saturday (Free entry).