Hans Sloane Chocolate Festival

I first visited the  Hans Sloane Chocolate and Fine Food Festival two years ago and wrote about it for the NI Lights website.  It was number 62 of my 80 events of 2014…

An event including chocolate was always going to make the events list! My sister suggested going to this one, no surprise her being a chocoholic, so we invited mum too for an extra pair of hands should she over indulge and go into sugar overload!  The £5 entry fee was collected on behalf of the Cancer Fund For Children charity, children were free as was the entertainment including cookery demos for the adults and children’s theatre performers.

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Killyleagh Castle provided a beautiful backdrop to the event, with stalls selling their tasty local produce in a marquee on the lawn. I was amazed at the variation of cocoa based produce between the stalls, it came in all forms, including farm themed cake pops, gold dusted bars, fountains, ice-cream, truffles and cookies. Exhibitors included the fine delights of Co-Couture, quirky treats from Chocolate by Design and bespoke goodies from Chocolate Manor.  Having ‘met’ Geri on twitter via #BelfastHour I was keen to try her fab looking bars and she recommended I try some Craig’s Fudge too. Sooooo good!!

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Amongst all the chocolate was other local produce including infused oils by Broighter Gold, Keen Nut Butter providing yummy alternatives to peanut butter, Comber Potato Co.with their purple carrots and Tempted? Cider which I couldn’t pass up! The demos from local chefs included Venison in a chocolate based sauce by Danny Millar of Balloo House which we all enjoyed tasting afterwards.

All in all a great day! The sun shone on us, there was storm troopers keeping an eye on things and my sister surprisingly managed to contain herself.  For all events and to find out more about the man behind the Cadbury’s chocolate recipe check out the website.

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