Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival

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Date(s) - 05/07/2019 - 07/07/2019
All Day

Hillsborough Castle
The Square


United Kingdom

Historic Royal Palaces and River Street Events are delighted to announce the latest addition to their successful portfolio of Food Festivals, with the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival in partnership with BBC Good Food taking place in the Castle’s stunning gardens from 5 – 7 July 2019. This new festival joins The Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace which have hosted hugely successful Festivals in the grounds of these iconic historic royal palaces since 2013.

The Festival will be supported by Tourism Northern Ireland and will welcome an estimated 15,000 visitors over the 3 days, to be entertained by live cookery demonstrations and tastings, along with the opportunity to shop from 100s of producers and brands of specialty food and drink.  With a stunning back drop of the formal gardens, it will be a truly unique food festival to add to the NI social calendar.

Aine Kearney, Director of Business Support and Events at Tourism Northern Ireland said ‘With Northern Ireland recently awarded ‘Best Food Destination’ at the International Travel and Tourism Awards in London, this revitalised event, provides a fantastic opportunity for visitors to experience Northern Ireland’s unique food offering in the beautiful grounds of Hillsborough Castle.  We know our food and drink product is special and we want visitors to experience and taste our best.  The Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival in partnership with BBC Good Food will give visitors an opportunity to do this.’

Liz Young, Head of Events at Historic Royal Palaces, said: ‘Working with River Street Events we are delighted to be bringing the Historic Royal Palaces Food Festival to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland, growing the Historic Royal Palaces Food Festivals portfolio.

‘Following a five-year £20million major project to re-open the Castle in April 2019, Hillsborough Castle will be the perfect location for the festival with its acres of grounds, beautifully landscaped gardens and the stunning backdrop of the Castle itself. With the arrival of the food festival it’s exciting to see the estate opening up to all kinds of exciting event capabilities.’

‘In addition to experiencing the fabulous exhibitors and demonstrations on offer, visitors to the festival will be playing their part in ensuring these historically significant venues continue to be well maintained and open for all to enjoy, with income raised from commercial activities reinvested in conservation, public access and educational activities.’

Laura Biggs, Group MD River Street Events added: ‘We are delighted to be returning to Northern Ireland, this time set in the stunning grounds of Hillsborough Castle. The Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival will be a brilliant addition to our unique Historic Royal Palaces Food Festivals portfolio.’

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