Show time for farmers and foodies at the Cork Summer Show

For the last 200 years, the Cork Summer Show has been a calendar highlight — and this year will be no different.

Encompassing a creative mix of agriculture, food, music, and entertainment, the event will take place over a two-day period in June.

More than 50,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festivities, which will feature almost 2,000 animals including horses, sheep, goats, cattle, and poultry.

Ireland’s longest-running agricultural show, which is run by the Munster Agricultural Society and sponsored by the Irish Examiner, will also host a home and garden expo, vintage rally, and various arts, crafts and artisan food stalls.

“The 2015 Cork Summer Show has a spectacular line-up of events and entertainment for all the family and it is guaranteed to be a special and uniquely Irish two-day festival,” said Munster Agricultural Society chairman Gerard Murphy.

“Agriculture is an important, vibrant sector in Ireland. For more than two centuries, the Munster Agricultural Society has been at the heart of rural life and this year we will continue that tradition by bringing to life the work and practices of farmers.”

Featuring livestock shows, sheep shearing, show-jumping and vintage tractor displays, as well as craft beer stalls, petting farm and dog shows, the Cork Summer Show promises a great festival atmosphere.

The musical line-up includes performances from Crystal Swing, Voiceworks live featuring Keith Hanley and Pat Fitz of the Voice of Ireland, The Ceili Allstars, and the Papa Zitas.

More than 70 food producers from across the county will be on site over the two days, exhibiting and selling at the artisan food markets, making it the largest artisan country market anywhere in Cork.

The Cork Summer Show takes place on June 20 and 21 at the Curraheen Showgrounds and free parking is available for both days.

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