|The National Trust and Down District Council are getting ready for the ultimate bake off at Castle Ward on Monday 4 June 2012 - Ireland's first International Bread Festival on the shores of Strangford Lough.
The free festival forms the finale of a weekend of festivities in and around Strangford Lough as part of 'Lough Lively'.
It brings together bakers and bakeries to celebrate the island's unique bread culture. Demonstrations, talks, music and entertainment, as well as a gingerbread man competition, will be held.
Topping the bill, Channel 4’s Tom and Henry Herbert - the Fabulous Baker Brothers - will share their passion for bread and baking. The team from U105, including Carolyn Stewart and Julian Simmons, will bring a programme of entertainment with great music, plus fun and games for kids.
Jacqui Baird, Visitor Services Manager for Castle Ward, said: 'We will showcase the best of bread from across our province such as barmbrack, soda breads and our famous potato breads.
'There will also be a strong international theme with breads and foods from Ireland and the UK, America, Asia and Europe. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a day filled with taster sessions, demonstrations, talks and live music into the evening'.
Wallace and Gromit tea party
Children can celebrate with a Wallace and Gromit tea party in the Barn and they can learn the art of animation by booking a space on the Wallace and Gromit model-making workshop.
They can also take the Hansel and Gretel trail exploring breads 'From these Isles' to 'The Americas'.
Down District Council's Event Development Officer, Ann Moreland added: 'It gives Down District Council the opportunity to showcase the magnificent Strangford Lough and Lecale tourism destination, and our partnership with Castle Ward.'
Into the evening
The Bread Festival celebrations will continue into the evening of Monday 4 June. Visitors can relax on the front lawn, listen to the rhythms of smooth jazz with the Martello Jazz Band and anticipate the arrival of the Wild Geese parachute sky diving team at 8pm. Finbarr Keaveney will entertain with a repertoire that includes swing and opera.
The evening ends on a high when we light a beacon to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, joining thousands of people attending beacon lighting events across the British Isles.
Jazz, exhibitions and more
During the festival weekend, world famous Jazz clarinettist Evan Christopher's
Django a la Creole concert takes place on Sunday 3 June on Castle Ward’s front