Thousands of chocolate lovers and foodies from across the island of Ireland and beyond are expected to descend again this year on the picturesque village of Killyleagh in County Down to celebrate the 2018 Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival, September 14-16.
Sponsored by artisan producer Finnebrogue, based in nearby Downpatrick and famous for its outstanding quality wagyu beef, recently-launched Naked Bacon, and artisan sausages, this year’s festival will also continue to raise valuable funds for the Cancer Fund for Children, having already collected £61,000 for the charity over previous years.
The festival was founded in 2010 to celebrate Killyleagh’s most famous son, Hans Sloane, who was born in the village in 1660 and later became one of the most famous men of his time, mainly because of his development of milk chocolate.
The biennial festival has grown in strength and popularity and is regarded as one of the principal events of its type across the UK and Ireland and a major highlight of the summer calendar for locals in Killyleagh and surrounding areas.
“We are delighted to kick off our fifth festival season and as always are so pleased with the ongoing support we receive for Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival,” said Meave Davison, festival committee member.
“Our volunteer committee is working hard to present the best Chocolate & Fine Food festival yet, and thanks to increased interest in our abundance of local produce and artisan suppliers following the 2016 festival, we have lined up an extensive list of chocolatiers and artisan suppliers ready to trade at this year’s festival, including some new faces.
“Our chocolate-themed festival stands as a unique event in this