Record crowds for major festival in Morpeth

Morpeth Food Festival 2018' Sandy the mad jam woman!'Picture by Jane Coltman
Morpeth Food Festival 2018' Sandy the mad jam woman!'Picture by Jane Coltman

The organisers of this year’s Morpeth Food and Drink Festival said it was the most successful since the event was launched six years ago.

More than 100 traders lined Bridge Street on Saturday and Sunday to showcase some delicious local produce.

Morpeth Food Festival 2018'Picture by Jane Coltman

Morpeth Food Festival 2018'Picture by Jane Coltman

Highlights of the festival included Masterchef finalist Lorna Robertson cooking up a delicious seafood stew and other chef demonstrations, Talk and Tasters masterclasses and the introduction of a new Posh Pen for people to enjoy a drink and some great food-to-go.

Those who went along could also enjoy the Voice of the Town people’s choir, a parade by the Morpeth Pipe Band and some eye-catching performances, including from the Mason Cummins Academy of Irish Dancing, and there was plenty of entertainment for children.

For the first time, a special Trader of the Year award was presented. Dozens of stalls scored well as the standard was so high, but the judges picked out Kitty’s Homemade Ginger Wine as this year’s winner.

The main sponsor of the event was Lexus Newcastle and other sponsors included Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, Morpeth Town Council, Northern Gas Networks, Strutt and Parker, Coca Cola, Glaceau Smartwater, Sanderson Arcade, The Co-op, Northumberland County Council and Beach Design.

The Trader of the Year award presentation.

The Trader of the Year award presentation.

Joel Plumley – centre manager at Sanderson Arcade, one of the main organisers – said: “We would like to a say a huge thank-you to everyone who helped make sure this year’s Morpeth Food and Drink Festival really was the biggest and best yet.

“It was a fantastic celebration of the wonderful local food and drink producers we have in the region, as well as some great local musical talent.

“We have had wonderful support from our sponsors, as well as the many local groups and businesses that get involved with the festival to make sure it continues to be a great success.

“We had some lovely new features at the event this year and we’re looking forward already to planning the 2019 event.”

Morpeth Food Festival 2018'Tucking in to their sausages.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Morpeth Food Festival 2018'Tucking in to their sausages.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Morpeth Food Festival 2018'Picture by Jane Coltman

Morpeth Food Festival 2018'Picture by Jane Coltman

Morpeth Food Festival 2018'Picture by Jane Coltman

Morpeth Food Festival 2018'Picture by Jane Coltman