Chefs line up for festival

Andrew Laurie from Barluga at last year's food festival
Andrew Laurie from Barluga at last year's food festival

The countdown is under way to the second Morpeth Food and Drink Festival.

The event was first held in the town last year to mark the re-launch of the Morpeth markets and was such a success that it was decided to hold an annual celebration.

This year’s event, which takes place next month, will incorporate a chocolate festival and jam-making competition, and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will provide some musical entertainment.

Activities and offers will run at food and drink businesses throughout the town, and the popular demo-kitchen from last year’s festival will return, with even more chefs signed up to show off their skills and pass on tips.

Market trader David McDonald, from Geordie Bangers, will be first in the kitchen at 9am to cook up a Geordie Breakfast, which will include some of his favourite and best-selling sausages.

Chefs from the award-winning restaurant at Eshott Hall will take over at 10am.

And at 11am it will be turn of Kirsty Cruickshanks, from For The Love Of Fish. She runs cookery and seafood preparation classes and bespoke workshops to dispel the myth that seafood should be left to the experts. Using ingredients from Swallow Fish, she will cook something similar to her favourite Salmon Smokie.

At 11.30am, Abdul Muhit, from The Chantry Tandoori ,will cook a traditional Indian chicken dish, and at noon Barluga Head Chef Andrew Laurie will give a master class.

Following him at 1pm will be Head Chef Jehadul Haque, from The Char Mausum in Stannington. At 2pm it will be the turn of Sam Willis, from Gareth James Cafe Lounge, cooking a steak and ale dish, and finishing the show at 3pm is Brian Scott, Head Chef at Pepperpot, who will cook lamb from market trader Jimmy the Lamb Man.

Sanderson Arcade Manager Medi Parry said: “From breakfast through to the afternoon, the demo-kitchen will be kept really busy this year. It was such a popular feature at last year’s event and we’re delighted with the number of really talented local chefs we have here in Morpeth who are keen to be involved.”

A total of 20,000 programmes are now being distributed to promote the festival, while the Sanderson Arcade Gallery has been dedicated to spreading news of the event.

The festival takes place on Saturday, October 4. To request a stall email or call 01670 510967.