Categories: Family FunEventsFood & Drink

Join us in Down County Museum for an evening to remember. Sample the delights of Savour Visit Mourne's food and drink producers with the opportunity to buy and take home this amazing local produce.

On the evening enjoy live music whilst you wander the market sampling the likes of NearyNógs Chocolate, Killowen Distillery Whiskey and Poitín or Shortcross Gin. Find out about the exciting experiences that you can book with the local businesses and be sure to take some goody homes with you. 

Meet the Producers

Killeavy Castle Estate is the centrepiece of 350 acres of mixed farm and woodland nestled below Slieve Gullion. Perfect for a unique getaway, wedding or special celebration, take a closer look at everything the Estate has to offer from a beautifully restored Castle, boutique Hotel accommodation, superb cuisine with ingredients sourced from their local farm, Spa and endless opportunities for walking in a stunning location. 

At the Twilight Market they will have on stand:

  • BBQ Longhorn burgers and 

  • Farm store produce to include

  • Jams/Chutneys/Wheaten breads/Vinegars 

Killowen Distillery is one of Ireland’s smallest distilleries nestled in the Mourne Mountains overlooking Carlingford Lough. Using time-honoured, historical – albeit time-consuming processes – allows Killowen’s unique flavour profile to echo the historical international whiskeys of choice;  ones that were distinctively ‘Irish’. Meaning our highly sought-after Irish product can rightfully be held in high esteem once again. At the Twilight Market they will have on their stand samples for you to try their renowned Rum & Raisin Single Malt Irish Whiskey; Pangur Poitín as well as their selection of Gins … all of which can be purchased on the evening to take home. Be sure to also ask them about tours of the distillery.

Mourne Larder chef, edible plant expert and owner Paul Cunningham of the Great British Menu alumni will be preparing the Dining Experience in the Gaol on the evening. This is truly one feast not to miss, a potentially once in a lifetime experience to have a meal in the cells of Down County Gaol that used to hold prisoners on their last day here on earth or before being shipped to the colonies in New South Wales Australia. Safe to say you will be eating better than they did!

NearyNógs Chocolate Makers are Ireland's first bean to bar, chocolate makers. NearyNógs chocolate is small batch crafted on the Mourne Coast.  Their family friendly chocolate factory has breathtaking views of the Irish Sea, Carlingford Lough & the Mourne Mountains.  They take great pride in their chocolate making.  Every process is meticulously controlled so that every ethically sourced cacao beans' origin, of fine flavour, shines through. At the Twilight Market they will have a selection of their chocolates, truffles and drinking chocolates to purchase, with samples also available. Also why not enquire with them about their chocolate tours at their factory!

Whitewater Brewing Co. Ltd was established in 1996 on the fifth-generation family farm amidst the spectacular Mourne Mountain range. Whitewater Brewery still retains the passion and desire to brew beers with fantastic flavours. With award winning beers like Maggie’s Leaps and Belfast Lager they have a growing range where you will be sure to find something you like. At the Twilight Market their products will be available from the bar but why not pop by their stand to find out about their tours and Brew School.

Denvir’s of Downpatrick was established in 1642 and is the oldest surviving Coaching Inn in Ireland.  Steeped in history it is the perfect setting for a relaxing break. Offering old world charm in the heart of Downpatrick, Denvir's has a long tradition of sheltering travellers and will endeavour to ensure that your meal or overnight stay will be a memorable one. At the Twilight Market they will be providing the bar for the evening serving the local distilleries and breweries drinks.

Rademon Estate Distillery is set in over 500 acres in the Co.Down countryside outside Crossgar. With over 400 years of history the Distillery is a new chapter in the history of the estate. Fiona and David took a dream of owning their very own distillery and made it happen. The distillery stands proud as Northern Ireland’s first award winning craft distillery and home to Ireland’s Most Awarded Gin, Shortcross Gin. At the Twilight Market they will have on their stand samples for you to try their gin and whiskey as well as the opportunity to purchase bottles to take home. Be sure to also ask them about the experiences they offer at their Estate Distillery.

Canal Court Hotel & Spa recently celebrated 25 years in business  in the heart of Newry City sitting on the banks of Ireland’s Oldest Man-made Waterway, the Newry Canal. With a wide choice of restaurants and bars and their award winning CC Spa and Leisure Club, the hotel is ideal for spa and leisure breaks, conferences, weddings, and shopping trips in Newry. At the Twilight Market be sure to pop by their stand to find out about available packages at the hotel and see what goodies they have to purchase for the evening.

Castlescreen Farm situated just outside Downpatrick, blends the best of tradition and innovation in their farming practices. The grass that grows in this part of Ireland is naturally high in white clover which is natural and organic and gives Castlescreen meat its incredible flavour. At the Twilight Market they will have on their stand a range of their award winning Dexter Beef, pork and lamb for you to purchase and take home. Be sure to also ask them about their farm tours and goat yoga.

The Rostrevor Inn is a beautifully refurbished 18th century building and hosts a charming traditional bar, atmospheric Stables snugs and a stylish bistro serving delicious food. With ensuite rooms available why not make it your base for exploring the area or enjoy the local musical talent in the Crawfords bar. At the Twilight Market be sure to pop by their stand and find out more about their restaurant and accommodation and why take your chance at winning a one night stay for a family at the Rostrevor Inn.

The Cuan has been a landmark in the centre of Strangford village for over 200 years. In 2020, under new ownership it underwent an extensive renovation and upgrading and is now a stylish modern hotel full of character and style offering a high level of hospitality to locals and visitors alike. All this in one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful coastal locations. At the Twilight Market be sure to pop by their stand to find out about available packages at the hotel and see what goodies they have to purchase for the evening.

Mourne Dew Distillery is a fusion of ancient and modern in that old recipes have been updated using modern technology. Tried and tested techniques are augmented with cutting edge distillation and flavour development processes to produce outstanding award-winning liqueurs. At the Twilight Market they will be selling their gin, whiskey, poitín and vodka and why not also enquire about their gin experiences.

Crawford’s Rock Seaweed Co. following in their ancestors footsteps they forage the shore at Crawford’s Rock for seaweed to use in their Seaweed Seasonings, Seaweed Salts and a Seaweed Capsule they like to call "VITAMINSEA".  Visit their stand at the Twilight Market to find out more about the health benefits of seaweed and pick up some of their award winning seasoning and salts.

The Fancy Fox is a quirky coffee truck owned by Lorna O’Boyle from Castlewellan, Co Down. The Fancy Fox provides quality beverages including barista style Bro Coffee, Suki Tea & Hot Chocolate. In addition they also serve hand crafted Fox Fancies which will consist of French style cakes and treats made by their in-house pastry chef which are made using locally sourced ingredients where possible.  What better place to get your coffee or sweet fix at the Twilight Market.

Mourne Brownies specialise in baking delicious chocolate fudge brownies in a range of flavours. Pop along to their stand at the Twilight Market to see what wonderful concoctions they have come up with. 

Kin and Folk is run by Maija and David, a husband and wife team who make fine treats, bakes and breads at their small batch bakery in Castlewellan, Co. Down. Bestsellers include Lemon Meringue Pie, Custard tarts, Caramel and Chocolate Ganache Brownie, White Chocolate, Fresh Raspberry and Lemon Curd Cake, Veganaire’s Shortbread, Babkas, Sourdough, Focaccia and Savoury Tarts. and Key Lime Pie.  Be sure to visit their stand to see what fine treats they have made for the Twilight Market.

Two Stacks Irish Whiskey blending the very best of contemporary Irish flavour with real distilling heritage; Two Stacks is at the forefront of Ireland’s Whiskey revival. At the Twilight Market be sure to pop by their stand and sample their award winning whiskey and newest release, the decadent Two Stacks Double Irish Cream Liqueur. Snap some up to take home along with their famous Dram in a Can and ask them about their upcoming tours.

Meet the Entertainment

Clann Uí hUiginn (Higgins Clan) are a contemporary Irish traditional music group from Downpatrick. They will be taking to the stage at 5.30pm to get the evening and craic started as only they know how.

Evazion, a 5 piece cover band made up of local musicians from Downpatrick will take to the stage at 7pm playing well known rock n roll classics along with songs from the 60s to the 2000’s to keep the evening bopping.

Discobeard, a two piece from Newcastle, Co.Down. Pop Gods, good lads and masters of the musical universe. Will be having you dancing the night away taking to the stage from 8.30pm.