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Local chefs and producers get ready for Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival

Yellow Door’s Simon Dougan, right, and team hosted a cookery demonstration for guests at the launch event.

A taste of what’s to come was on offer at a recent launch event for the inaugural Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival, to be hosted in the 100-acre Co Down estate in partnership with BBC Good Food and supported by Tourism Northern Ireland.
To be held over July 5-7, the festival will include a Discover Northern Ireland Tasting Theatre, hosted by leading Northern Ireland chef Paula McIntyre, alongside artisan produce, street food, pop-up bars, music, face painting and kids’ entertainment.
Live cookery demonstrations will include Danni Barry of Balloo House, James Devine from Yellow Door and Paul Cunningham from Brunel’s, while international chefs Nadiya Hussain, Dr Rupy Aujla and Chris Bavin will also be attending.
“We are delighted to be hosting these predominantly local food and drink producers at the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival for the first time this year,” said Laura McCorry, head of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. “The newly transformed Castle and gardens provide the perfect weekend setting for a foodie extravaganza for all the family to enjoy.
“Along with street food and artisan producers to whet the appetite, visitors will also be able to sample the fresh local produce of the Castle gardens in the newly opened café. Visitors can also make a day of it by exploring the Castle’s history, brought to life on guided tours led by the Castle’s team of expert explainers. With so much on offer throughout the weekend there is truly something for everyone.”
To book tickets and for more information on Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, visit

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