The Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival is just upon us with only days to go now to our exciting weekend! Preparations are at near completion, with the festival marquee taking shape on the front lawn of Killyleagh Castle. All our chocolatiers and artisan producers are packing up their wonderful arrays of hand made products and goodies to bring along.

The festival runs from 12 noon to 6pm, both Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th. Please do use our sign-posted car parks which are each less than ten minutes’ walk from the castle and comply with all directions from the traffic stewards. Guide and Assistance Dogs only are permitted within the Castle gates. Remember chocolate can be highly toxic to dogs so maybe it would be wise to leave man’s best friend at home on your trip to Killyleagh. The 11/511 Bus Service from Belfast runs only on Saturday.  

We are very excited to announce the full Chef line up for our Food NI Demonstration Kitchen which is in the centre of our marquee.  Take a break to watch our wonderful chefs using local produce and ingredients to cook up something magical and then get to taste the dish cooked!


1pm  Chris Burt –   Finnebrogue Artisan & The Peach Tree

2pm  Ronan McLaughlin –   Linden Foods Development Chef

3pm Danny Millar –  Balloo Inns

4pm Roy Abraham – The Smugglers Table


1pm Chris Burt –   Finnebrogue Artisan & The Peach Tree

2pm Darran Benham –  Moy Park Senior Development Chef

3pm Fernando Correa – Quails at the Gallery

4pm Stephen Jeffers – Forestside Cookery school

The extensive children’s programme can be found here
Buy your tickets here

With grateful thanks to the Rowan Hamilton Family without whose on-going generosity, our events could not take place.

Our festival is made possible by the generous support given by all our sponsors listed below, including Food NI, Newry Mourne and Down Council, Tourism NI Year of Food and Drink and Finnebrogue Venison. Please click on the icons for further information.


Charles Hurst Jeep
Mash Direct Bryan Somers
Callow Events SD Bells
Roskyle NMDCouncil
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