Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016 welcomes the Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival

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The Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival is delighted to receive the support of Tourism Northern Ireland as part of the 2016 Year of Food and Drink programme.
Celebrating everything delicious about Northern Ireland with 366 days of foodie experiences, this year’s Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival is offering local chocoholics as well as Northern Ireland-based chocolatiers opportunities to get involved in celebrations dedicated to Killyleagh’s most famous son, Sir Hans Sloane, who is credited for bringing the recipe for drinking chocolate to the UK.
In the spirit of good food, thousands of chocoholics and enthusiastic foodies from Northern Ireland and beyond are set to descend again this year on Killyleagh town centre to celebrate the Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival. This year’s festival will be the largest one yet, with over 15 chocolatiers and nearly 40 local artisan food producers scheduled to set up camp at the historic Killyleagh Castle for the weekend-long festival.

Aine Kearney, Director of Business Support and Events Tourism NI commented “Tourism Northern Ireland is a proud sponsor of the Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival, in line with the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink initiative, the festival is showcasing our unique chocolate offering.
“The festival schedule has something for everyone from the Chocolate Ball to the family fun days and we hope this will encourage thousands of foodies from Northern Ireland and beyond to enjoy some of our great indigenous foods.”
The three-day celebration will kick off Friday 23rd September with the Chocolate Ball which will take place on the grounds of the stunning Killyleagh Castle, where guests will be treated to a chocolate-rich menu, and continues on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September where guests can enjoy the range of chocolatiers’ displays and market stalls, taste and purchase local artisan produce, and be entertained by the activities for the whole family.