TASTE buds will be tingling at a Northumberland visitor attraction as one of the region’s most successful festivals returns.
The Wallington Food and Craft Festival, which celebrates the finest North East wares, is now in its seventh year and it promises to be bigger than ever, with 80 stalls due to be set out – 20 more than in 2011.
Around 20,000 people are expected to attend the event this weekend to discover the foods and unique crafts made on their doorstep.
Produce will include cakes, pies, jams, poultry, oils, sausages and game, as well as woollen throws and socks, recycled slate items, handmade baskets, wood-turned gifts, jewellery and soaps.
And while there will be no chef demonstrations this year, visitors can sample a new upmarket food court area, where everything from gourmet fish and chips to ice-cream will be on the menu.
Wallington Events and Promotions Manager Julie Tucker said: “Events like the Wallington Food and Craft Festival give our local producers a great platform to demonstrate their passion for their craft and the National Trust the opportunity to continue to support local producers.
“Visitors love the opportunity to buy delicious local food and pick up some unique crafts for Christmas presents.
“With so many more stalls and a new look this year there is more reason to come to the festival than ever before.”
Exhibitors include Durham Greenlane, Hot Stuff Chilli Company, the New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company, Northumberland Poultry, Northumberland Sausage Company, Boulevard, Basket and Co, Hand Made by Judith, Greystone Gill Pottery, Muddy Fingers Pottery and Simply Eccentric.
The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.
Reduced admission charges apply, costing £4 for adults, while children go free.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington