Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle was launched as the sixth Économusée in the United Kingdom on Thursday 8th June 2017. Guest speakers included celebrity chef Paula McIntyre and Graham Thompson, Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust and project partner of Économusée Craft Reach in Northern Ireland.
Paula McIntyre said: ‘It is an honour to launch and welcome Broughgammon Farm into the Économusée network. This artisan branding has been making a lot of noise lately with the recent success at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards and the Économusée launches of Ursa Minor Bakehouse in Ballycastle and Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill.
The Cole family and Broughgammon Farm through their commitment to holistic farming, passion for good food and award-winning products is a champion addition to this network. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Broughgammon Farm and all the artisans within the Économusée network a very successful future’.
The Cole family, GrahamThompson from CCGHT, and Paula McIntyre
Graham commented: “Économusée translates to working or living museum and by visiting one of our six Économusées, tourists and visitors will get an enhanced experience; learn about the history of the craft and the business; the enthusiasm of the artist along with the added opportunity of meeting the artisans face to face and discovering the beauty and authenticity of the products made and sold onsite.
Our six Économusée artisan workshops include Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill, Steensons Jewellery in Glenarm, Scullion Hurls in Loughgiel, Broighter Gold in Limavady and Ursa Minor Bakehouse and Broughgammon Goat Farm in Ballycastle.
These unique visitor attractions add to the overall experiential tourism of the Causeway Coastal Route. Two of the artisan workshops are in the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and four in the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.”
Charlie Cole commented: “Broughgammon Farm is a family run, forward-thinking farm, specialising in artisan food production. We have an ethos based around sustainability, focussing on Kid Goat, Free Range Rose Veal and Seasonal Wild Game.
As part of our commitment to the Économusée network we will offer visitors pre-booked artisan butchery classes; tours of the farm where they will see the storyboards, which tell the history of the farm and the butchery process and, with our farm shop, visitors will have the added opportunity to purchase our ‘farm to fork’ products. ”
Économusée, is a concept that was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. There are currently 70 ÉCONOMUSÉE workshops across these 8 countries with an additional 23 to be launched by March 2018. Phase III of the ÉCONOMUSÉE project entitled Craft Reach began in April 2015 and is funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Area Programme 2014-2020
Special thanks to Northern Periphery & Arctic Area Programme, SEUPB, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, Tourism NI, Heritage Lottery Fund and Impact Print in Ballycastle.
Broughgammon Farm Shop, 50 Straid Road, Ballycastle, Co.Antrim, BT546NP