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Manx Food Fayre and Woodland Discovery 19 June 2009

On Tynwald Day, Monday, 6th July 2009, the second Manx Food Fayre and Woodland Discovery is being held at the DAFF, Forestry Division, Garey ny Cloie Gardens, Hope Road, St Johns, from 2pm to 5pm.

Visitors will be able to taste food made with local produce and prepared by Relish Cookery School, pick up cookery tips from a variety of guest speakers and buy or sample Manx cheese, meat, seafood, vegetables, herbs, ice cream and sheepskin products.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to tour the nearby sawmill and buy timber products and visit the new Wildflowers of Mann nursery halfway between Tynwald Hill and the Gardens. Here there will be plants and seeds to buy and lots of information about the Island’s rich and varied native flora.

Children can win a prize on the guided walk around Garey ny Cloie Gardens which starts at 2.30pm and there is a 30th anniversary walk around St Johns Arboretum which starts at 12 noon.

Visitors will also come face to face with marine mammals presented in the Cool Seas Roadshow which features a life size 9m Basking Shark, a Risso’s Dolphin and a Leatherback Turtle. Staff will explain where these animals can be seen around the Island’s coast and how to get involved in local conservation projects.

DAFF Minister, Phil Gawne MHK said: “This popular event is a wonderful way to celebrate Tynwald Day and the Isle of Man, by tasting Manx produce and supporting local food producers, exploring the peaceful and scenic beauty of Garey ny Cloie Gardens and St Johns Arboretum and finding out about the treasures of our wildlife, from wild flowers to marine mammals. I do hope that our visitors will thoroughly enjoy the afternoon”.

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