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Happy Almost Halloween! It’s the October Bank Holiday weekend here in Ireland, so I thought it was a good time to visit the wonderful Kilruddery House and Farmer’s Market, just outside Bray, Co. Wicklow. Luckily for us, it was a glorious day today. So we made out way up to Bray and got there just in time! Kilruddery House and Gardens (plus their farmer’s market) have been on my list of places to visit for ages, so what better time to visit than Halloween?
The weather was gorgeous, warm and crisp and dry. The house and gardens are open to visitors between April and October, so I thought this weekend might be our last chance to see it until next year. But actually as it turns out, they are extending their opening times until next weekend, and they’re open all next week too if you have young kids who are on their mid-term break…
The farmer’s market is open year round every Saturday. They also do lots of seasonal events during the year too which sound like great fun. And they have a supper club on Thursdays which I’m dying to try out…
Once we found the house (it’s not far from Bray town) we walked up the drive. Luckily it was so dry today, as I’d decided to wear my new pale grey suede Stan Smiths, and they would have been completely ruined if it had been muddy on the drive!
Up at the house, the farmers market, is housed in a stable yard and inside a stable or barn building (I don’t know, I’m a city girl recently moved to the country!) that has been refurbished.
The place was full of people, especially young families, and there was a lovely festive atmosphere, with lots of the little children in Halloween costumes. Kliruddery are running a special pumpkin patch and scarecrow area inside the gardens themselves. You can pick your own pumpkin, design the look you want, and have it carved by an expert! You can also enter the scarecrow competition, and bring your own scarecrow head along, or create your own on the day! It sounds like so much fun for young families! A bit like the Sandymount Halloween Festival that we went to last year! You can read about it here.
We thought about going in today, but we’d left it too late to go on the tour of the house, so we will do it again soon. We happily strolled around the market instead, perusing the lovely stalls selling local, organic fruit and veg, as well as other various artisan products.
I can’t wait to go back. I’ve missed strolling around my local farmer’s market.
I’m still on my self-imposed gluten-free diet, so I was thrilled to see a crêpe stand that sold gluten-free, buckwheat crêpes! I went for a ham and cheese one with red onion and relish. It was suitably tasty, although maybe would have been better without the relish, which was too sweet. A bit of mustard would have been better.
Mr Cooksalot has no dietary restrictions, so he went for an artisan hotdog from a neighbouring stall. We sat in the courtyard and ate them with pleasure!
Later, after another stroll down to the garden’s entrance, we came back and indulged in some luxurious French hot chocolate made with great quality chocolate, organic milk, marshmallows, and a little dusting of cinnamon for me.
I was in foodie heaven!
I also picked up some local fingerling potatoes and some fat leeks, as well as some homemade Kilruddery marmalade.
An Tairseach, the organic farm in Wicklow town, have a large stall here every week. There are also Spanish artisan foods, Middle Eastern handmade sweets, homemade jams and chutneys, as well as various homemade bakery stalls to choose from, and other handmade gifts and wares.
I’m so glad the market runs every Saturday throughout the year, as I couldn’t possibly try it all today… Christmas here must be fabulous!
We will be going back as ap to tour the house and gardens before they close. They hold events here through the warmer months, but if you fancy a lovely Saturday out at the farmer’s market, I highly recommend paying Kilruddery a visit…
Kilruddery House and Gardens are open daily from 9:30am to 6pm, from May to September.They are also open at weekends from 9:30 to 6pm, in April and October.
The farmer’s market runs all year on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.