Plenty to Taste at Sunflowerfest

Cornucopia of food and drink at Hillsborough festival

When the gates open at this year’s Sunflowerfest visitors can expect more than just a feast of music to enjoy – festival goers will now have a cornucopia of food and drink to tickle the taste buds. To celebrate the NI year of Food and Drink, Sunflowerfest organisers will tantalise festival goer’s senses through cookery demonstrations, tastings, talks and workshops.

Sunflowerfest takes place at Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough, from 5th – 7th August and will feature a packed music line-up of 150 acts across six stages, including The Strypes, Le Galaxie, Emerald Armada and Trucker Diablo.

The new attraction of the NI Year of Food & Drink Tent in the Sunflowerfest village will also add to the family friendly feel of this superb festival, which is growing in popularity each and every year.

Foodies will have the chance to see chefs prepare dishes using local produce including locally sourced meat, in keeping with the theme for August Love NI Meat; they can participate in foraging tours for a plot to plate experience, taste craft beers and ciders or take part in baking workshops utilising Tubby’s very own brick oven to bake breads and pizzas. The children – our little Sunflowers – can join in the pizza making workshops and get stuck into growing, creating, crafting and learning.

There will be Vikings too this year at Sunflowerfest, as the Magnus Viking Association will be setting up camp and demonstrating traditional crafts and skills and battle re-enactments for all ages.

Vanessa Magowan, of Sunflowerfest said everyone is excited by this addition to the festival: “The festival is renowned for its music, art, poetry and family-friendly atmosphere, and now there will be so much more with our association with the Year of Food and Drink NI. It means everyone can enjoy new tastes, try new things and learn new skills.

“From coffee and tea brewing, through to Vegan talks and gluten free produce; cooking demonstrations with locally sourced meat by the team from South Eastern Regional College and a visit to the Community garden on Tubby’s Farm there is something to suit all tastes!”

Tickets for Sunflowerfest are now available from, with a range of options including family deals, weekend passes and day tickets. Don’t hesitate to escape to Tubby’s Farm this summer to grab some music, poetry and fantastic local food!