Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend was established in 2012 as an annual showcase event for the Northern Ireland farming industry, a celebration of our farmers and the food industry.

Primarily it aims to help the public, particularly those from a non-farming background, better understand how our food is produced and to raise awareness of the importance of the local supply chain. The initiative hopes to reconnect the public with the countryside and the local farming community which is responsible for producing the food we all enjoy.

Each farm event is unique and will be organised primarily by the host farmer. Visitors to the farm will have a free VIP pass to see the exact processes involved and the care and dedication that goes into food production while hopefully gaining an understanding of how important local farming is for everyone’s future. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the farmer and, on certain farms, be able to taste and buy the food, highlighting the importance of supporting your community by buying local. To date, over 70,000 people, including Primary School pupils as part of our extensive Schools Programme, have visited a variety of farms across Northern Ireland.

Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend is being delivered by Ulster Farmers’ Union and is sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK and supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund; NFU Mutual, Asda and Tesco. The weekend would also not be possible without the help and resources of Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, CAFRE, the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association and Food NI.

Our Mission: To reconnect the public with where their food comes from and enable them to meet the farmers and processors who produce it.

Objectives

  • To raise the public’s awareness of the story behind our food and introduce them to the local supply chain involved.

  • To provide farmers with the skills and resources to engage with their local community to communicate the excellent work they do.

  • To reconnect the public to the local food supply chain and enable them to meet the farmers who produce our food.

  • To reconnect the public with the countryside and introduce them to those who shape and care for it.

  • To showcase Northern Ireland’s ‘food tourism’ potential.