Festival sure to provide plenty of food for thought

Morpeth Food and Drink Festival'Julian's Veg
Morpeth Food and Drink Festival'Julian's Veg

Morpeth will be full of food for thought this weekend as more than 100 different stalls selling delights to eat and drink line its streets.

The third annual Morpeth Food and Drink Festival is taking place in various venues across the town, and this year’s is set to be bigger than ever.

With stalls fully booked in Morpeth Town Hall, there will be 60 traders along Bridge Street and more than 25 producers at a farmers’ market in the Market Place.

The one-day event takes place on Saturday.

A demonstration kitchen in the Market Place will host a variety of chefs, from 9am to 4pm.

Chefs will show how it’s done every hour, starting with David McDonald, of Newcastle’s Geordie Banger Company, cooking breakfast at 9am and running right through to a stint by John McKale, a former chef at the Ritz in London and now church pastor at Morpeth’s New Life Christian Centre, at 3pm.

Not only will there be treats on offer in the streets, but restaurants, tea rooms, bistros and shops across the town will be putting on special offers and menus too.

The festival coincides with a farmers’ market, which is expected to attract more than 30 traders.

At the Chantry, there will also be two different competitions for people to enter.

The festival’s usual jam competition returns, but it will be joined by a scone contest this year.

To enter, download an entry form from the festival section at www.moreinmorpeth.co.uk

For the benefit of visitors to the town, organisers are providing a free park-and-ride service from County Hall.

Bridge Street will be closed to traffic until 8pm.