Cork, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Voxpro – powered by TELUS International, announced today the first annual Voxpro Urban Garden Festival, at Voxpro’s Campus One HQ in Mahon, Cork.
The festival will take place on Sunday, August 26, with a theme of, “self-sufficiency in smaller urban spaces”. There will be something for everyone among the activities held in the grounds of Voxpro’s HQ in Mahon, Cork – which will be open to the public. The variety of talks, demonstrations, entertainment and shopping offers a bumper crop for urban garden lovers, seasoned experts, late bloomers, families and foodies.
Some of the highlights of the first annual Voxpro Urban Garden Festival include:
In the main tent, our passionate speakers are set to do talks and demonstrations to include, growing fruit and veg in containers; starting out with pigs; greening up the grey; the buzz about bees and beekeeping; and starting a smallholding from scratch – 1 pig, 2 ducks, 4 sheep and 2 alpacas!
Rachel Allen will show you how to cook up a “farm to fork feast” from the Voxpro garden. Glean some master gardening advice from Olive Ryan of Dripsey Farm Fresh Veg, Darragh Stone of Blarney Castle & Gardens, Mags Coughlin and Melissa O’Neill from Ballymaloe House in the Green Lounge. Meet Fergal Smith of Moy Hill Community Farm, the Mayo man who gave up travelling as a professional surfer to farm in Ireland to help the planet. He has paddled into some of the world’s largest waves, but it’s the tiny seeds he’s growing at home that he hopes will be his legacy.
Susan Turner, head gardener of Ballymaloe will share her vast experience on vertical and container gardens. Edible adventures abound with foraging walks led by medicinal herbalist John Vaughan. Family-friendly events include a Wild Boar Viking Reenactment, face painting and there will be swing boats, a vintage carousel and live animals (including some irresistible alpacas) on the day.
“We’re delighted to be hosting our inaugural Voxpro Urban Garden Festival, which is the inspiration of our own Voxpro Horticulturist, Kitty Scully and hugely experienced festival manager, Helene Wall-Horan,” said Dan Kiely, Voxpro co-founder and CEO. “The festival has been prompted by our own community spirit that is fostered within Voxpro and our creative and innovative space is an ideal location for this truly quirky and unique event.
We’ve seen firsthand the hugely positive effects that can be achieved through urban gardening and growing in an urban environment. In keeping with the spirit of urban greening, we are encouraging, where possible, festival-goers to play an active role in our green initiatives to walk, bike, use public transport or carpool, in the hopes of creating an environmentally friendly and sustainable ethos for this year’s festival.”
There will be a profusion of sustainable shopping opportunities, with stall holders purveying plants, garden accessories, seeds, medicinal herbs and local market hero’s serving up delicious food and much, much more.
The Voxpro Urban Garden Festival is open to the public and tickets cost €3.75 and must be purchased on Eventbrite. Children under 12 are free with an accompanying adult. All talks and demonstrations are included in the entrance fee. The Voxpro Urban Garden Festival will be open from 11am until 6pm on Sunday, August 26th, 2018.
Voxpro Urban Garden Festival, Sunday, August 26, 11AM – 6PM, rain or shine – At Voxpro Campus One in Mahon Cork.
How-to Demonstrations • Artisans • Exhibitors • Plant Purveyors • Master Gardeners • Children’s Entertainment • Foodies • Live Music • Viking Reenactment.
Meet our passionate speakers who are set to do talks and demonstrations to include, vertical gardening, growing fruit and veg in containers; starting out with pigs; greening up the grey; the buzz about bees and beekeeping; and starting a smallholding
from scratch – 1 pig, 2 ducks, 4 sheep and 2 alpacas!
Main tent program:
GARDEN ANSWERS AT THE MASTER GARDENER TENT
Gardening questions of any nature will be answered at the “Master Gardener” tent. It will also be the perfect opportunity to discuss big dreams for your small space with the professionals such as Mags Coughlan and Melissa O Neill from Ballymaloe House, Darragh Stone from Blarney Castle Gardens, Olive Ryan from Dripsey Farm Fresh Veg. Festival-goers can get inspiration from gardeners who have created gardens for smaller spaces.
GREEN LOUNGE TENT
Chill out and enjoy our ‘Green lounge’ tent. The green lounge tent provides a taste of paradise on the fringes of Voxpro. A place to relax, enjoy great food, and soak up some ambient jazz with the Cork Light Orchestra.
For junior gardeners, there’s plenty to do at the Children’s entertainment area including making seedbombs, face painting, swing boats, a vintage carousel. PLUS Physical activities such as kids yoga session and as children are accompanied at all times parents get to share the memorable experiences.
Find out how to make local seasonal treats with ingredients right from the Voxpro garden, with local celebrity chef Rachel Allen.
Learn traditional skills from woodwork to blacksmithing. Get some green building tips, or try your hand at some sustainable willow weaving – there’s plenty to immerse yourself in within the workshop field and to finish off the afternoon why not sit and watch a Viking reenactment.
Voxpro Urban Garden Festival Fringe Program – SUNDAY 26th AUGUST
Fringe Events are held in the Grounds at Voxpro.
12pm – Foraging Walk and Talk with medicinal herbalist John Vaughan.
2pm – Repeat: Foraging Walk and Talk with medicinal herbalist John Vaughan.
3pm – Chicken Chat with Michael Brennan of VoxPro at the voxGro chicken run.
4pm – The Power of Bio-Char – Natasha Harty will talk about Bio-Char in-front of the VoxGro Geodome.