10.06.11 Minister Deenihan opened Midlands Home and Garden Festival
Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on Friday 10th June 2011 opened the Midlands Home and Garden Festival in Belvedere House Gardens and Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Now in its fourth year, the Midlands Home and Garden Festival goes from strength to strength. It features the best in Home and Garden equipment, and the show also hosts free seminars and demonstrations daily. The French Continental Market and Local Food Producers bring a sumptuous mix of tastes and flavours. There are cookery demonstrations and the Belvedere Bee Keepers will provide active demonstrations all weekend.
Held on the House Lawn at Belvedere, the show has proven to be a family favourite with free entry for children and free car parking. A special children’s entertainment section features a Victorian Funfair and different rides. The Show is famous for its good value and feel-good atmosphere with afternoon music on the bandstand.
Speaking at the opening of the Conference, Minister Deenihan said: “This festival, held on the beautiful grounds of Belvedere House, provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the experience of “The Big House” as well as the beauty created by visionary garden designers, both when they mimic nature with sweeping meadows and woodlands and when they control it within formal walled gardens.”
Minister Deenihan congratulated Westmeath County Council on their foresight in purchasing the estate and also the staff of the very informative visitor centre and restaurant. The Minister opened a new ‘wall of fame’ to the late Joe Dolan at the visitor centre before visiting many of the exhibitions at the Festival.