Feast for the senses as foodies flock to Morpeth

Foodie fans were spoilt for choice at the weekend with 120 stalls at the Morpeth Food and Drink Festival.

The second event of its kind was held at venues across the town on Saturday, with stalls and a demo kitchen on the Market Place and in Morpeth Town Hall, pupils from King Edward VI School selling wares in the Riverside Leisure Centre, a jam competition running at Morpeth Chantry, and cafes, pubs, restaurants and other food outlets putting on special offers.

Morpeth Food and Drink Festival

Morpeth Food and Drink Festival

There was local produce to try, chocolate making demonstrations, cheese and wine matching sessions and an appearance by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The event was hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Jonathan Miles, with help from the Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes.

Sarah Taylor was named the winner of the Morpeth Jam competition.

Despite a damp start, footfall at Sanderson Arcade, which staged a sausage and ale festival, was up five per cent on last year’s festival.

Centre Manager Medi Parry, who helped to organise the event, said: “We had more stalls, more attractions and even more venues involved this year and the feedback we have had was fantastic. It’s even been suggested that we could run the festival as a two-day event.

“We’ll be meeting up over the next few weeks to look at how we can build on the event and continue to make it a success for future years. It really has been a huge team effort and it’s great to be part of something where the whole town pulls together.”

Morpeth Mayor Nic Best said: “The festival brought a lot of visitors to the town, including many who hadn’t been to Morpeth before, or hadn’t visited for three or four years and more.

“The feedback I heard was great, with praise not only for the festival, but for the attractiveness of the town itself. “My congratulations to everyone involved in bringing it all together.”

The festival was organised by the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth Town Team, Mopreth Markets Advisory Group and Northumberland County Council.