FLOWERS and tasty treats will greet the 1000 or so visitors expected to gather in Adare this weekend when the Adare and Ballingrane Methodist Circuit celebrates 250 years of Methodism in the area.
And in the run-up to what is certain to be the largest ever event held in the Adare church, members of the congregation are busy in the kitchen making sure that every visitor to the Adare Methodist Church Flower Festival will get a taste of genuine and old-style Methodist hospitality.
Over the last 250 years, Methodist women,and more recently men. have earned a reputation for baking some of the best cakes, scones, tray bakes and biscuits in the country, Rev Liz Hewitt, Superintendent Minister for the Adare and Ballingrane Methodist circuit, explained this week.
“One of the Methodist Church’s mottoes, which dates back to the time of our founder John Wesley, is ‘Friends of all, enemies of none’. Time spent with others over a cup of tea and slice of cake is one of the ways we put that into practice and is an important part of who we are,” she said.
“Our circuit is one of the most historic in Ireland,” she added.
The Adare Methodist Church Flower Festival will open this Friday in the Methodist Church, between 7.30pm – 9.30pm and will run on Saturday from 10.00am to 6.00pm.
On Sunday, the doors will be open from noon until 7pm. Admission is €8 per adult which includes that all important cup of tea or coffee, a slice of cake and plenty of chat
And, promises Rev Hewitt, on the menu at this weekend’s flower festival will be a range of baked goodies, including some closely guarded family recipes passed down from generation to generation.