Belfast Telegraph

Slieve Donard hosts food and drink festival

By Staff Reporter

The five star Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle, Co Down is set to be the venue for a new food and drink festival.

The hotel is holding the Slieve Donard Beer, Cider, Spirit and Cheese Festival on October 29 - featuring many of the stars of the Co Down food and drink scene.

It will be supported by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Tourism Northern Ireland as part of the Hallowtides celebrations in Newcastle over the Halloween weekend.

Drinks companies who'll be taking part include Whitewater Brewery in Kilkeel, Kilmegan Cider in Dundrum, Farmageddon Brewery in Comber, Lisburn-based Tempted Cider and Hughes Spirits - the makers of Ruby Blue vodka - and Shortcross Gin from Crossgar.

Food producers will include Kearney Blue Cheese and Fivemiletown Creamery.

Stephen Meldrum, general manager at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, said: "We are thrilled to announce that the Slieve Donard will be hosting an incredible new festival that lovers of good food and drink will be flocking to in their droves.

"Our Beer, Cider, Spirit and Cheese Festival will showcase many of Co Down's finest brands.

"They will be there to talk about what they do with such enthusiasm that it's impossible not to get totally drawn in.

"On top of that there will be lots of food and drink to sample to ensure a good time is had by all.

"We at Hastings Hotels are huge supporters of working with the finest local food and drink producers and we can't wait for guests to come along and see for themselves just."

Belfast Telegraph