Morpeth is cementing its place on the culinary calendar as it plans its second Food and Drink Festival.
The event will return in October after making its debut at the re-launch of Morpeth Market last year.
The first festival drew more than 10,500 people to the town when Adam Corbally from TV’s The Apprentice took centre stage to open the event and show off his cooking skills.
And this year organisers are expecting even more visitors as there will be more stalls, entertainment and venues taking part.
The county’s first Chocolate Festival will be included, while a Jam Competition will encourage people of all ages to make and enter their own preserves, with the winning jam going on sale at Morpeth Chantry. KEVI Corner will see pupils from King Edward VI School selling their own homemade and home-grown produce.
The popular demonstration kitchen will be back, with top chefs from many of the town’s eateries showcasing their dishes every hour.
Local breweries and wine-makers will set up stalls in Morpeth Town Hall, which will also present an array of cheeses, chutneys and olives to complement the tipples.
Entertainment will include performances by the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Band, and Morpeth Leisure Centre will play host to children’s activities. The monthly Morpeth Farmers’ Market will take place as usual on the Market Place, forming the heart of the event.
Sanderson Arcade Manager Medi Parry, who is a member of the Morpeth Markets Working Group, said: “The feedback from last year’s event was extremely positive and it’s great to see this year’s event developing to become bigger and better than last year.”
The festival will take place on Saturday, October 4, from 9am to 4pm, and all local food businesses – restaurants, cafes, tea shops, bistros, pubs, producers and sellers – are invited to get involved.
They will be encouraged to lay on specials and discounts throughout the day, as well as putting forward their chefs for a free slot in the demonstration kitchen.
A number of sponsorship opportunities are also available, ranging from £200 to £2,000.
For more information, to book a stall, or to sponsor part of the festival, email email@example.com