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Save these dates!

2016 is here at last and we are pleased to announce the events scheduled to take place this year in Killyleagh, to commemorate and celebrate one of Northern Ireland’s most famous legends, Sir Hans Sloane. Hans was born in Killyleagh on April 16th 1660 and he lived and studied in the village until he was nineteen. He went on to become the King’s physician and a scientist of world renown, but best of all he invented the recipe for milk chocolate which we know and love today!

The Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival

A three day event with even more food, more chocolate and more fun!

Friday, September 23th  –   The Chocolate Ball- A Gala Evening

Saturday, September 24th  –  The Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Family Fun Day

Sunday, September 25th   –   The Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Family Fun Day

Please check back soon to see full schedule and details for each event. Tickets for the festival can be purchased in advance by clicking the button below

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 Finlay Wealth
Mash Direct Bryan Somers
Callow Events SD Bells
Roskyle NMDCouncil
Food and Drink 2016 FoodNI NITB