Historic Royal Palaces and River Street Events have announced the latest addition to its portfolio of food festivals, with the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival in partnership with BBC Good Food taking place in the castle’s gardens, July 5-7.

The new festival will be supported by Tourism Northern Ireland and will welcome an estimated 15,000 visitors over the three days, to be entertained by live cookery demonstrations, tastings and shopping.

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, commented: “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.

“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 managing director of 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.”