All set for feast of food and drink at town’s festival first

Alnwick Food Festival 2012'Jimmy Bell the lamb man meets a feathered fan.
Alnwick Food Festival 2012'Jimmy Bell the lamb man meets a feathered fan.

A FABULOUS feast of local food and drink will be the perfect accompaniment to Morpeth’s new-look market.

The first ever Morpeth Food and Drink Festival will take place on Saturday, serving up plenty of special offers to whet the appetite.

Dozens of stalls will provide a mix of food and drink in the Market Place and Morpeth Town Hall, while many of the town’s eateries, food retailers and licensed premises will be running special promotions.

Sanderson Arcade Manager Medi Parry, who is organising the event as part of the new market public-private partnership, said: “Everyone is really working together to make this a great celebration of our new market and also of all the great produce we have here in this part of Northumberland.

“We’ve got some fantastic traders lined up and some great entertainment. Our local chefs are also joining in with cooking demonstrations, using some of the local produce available on the market.”

Ms Parry has previously launched farmers’ markets in Anglesey and Gainsborough, but she has been staggered at the amount of support for the Morpeth markets’ relaunch and festival.

“We are fully booked with stalls for the farmers’ market and food festival so there are lots of traders coming along,” she said. “There has been a brilliant response to the relaunch and the festival in the town and we have had lots of inquiries from the public, as well as traders. Because of the market relaunch, the food and drink festival is a bit low-key this year, but we plan to grow that next year.”

Details of special offers can be found online at

Venues taking part include: Barluga, Bin 21, Cafe des Amis, Chantry Tea Rooms, Chocolate Gallery, Curiously Wicked, Gebhards Deli Farm Shop, Gianni’s, Ice Bar, La Bodega, Micah’s Tea Room, Pepperpot, Pizza Express, Pizza Pizza, Shambles Bar and Restaurant, The Cheese Shop, The Corbridge Larder, The Cube, Whitehouse Farm Centre.

There will be more than 30 stalls at the farmers’ market and 18 in the Town Hall.

They are: Negrut Fruit and Veg, Boanas Bread, Tasty Thai Food, Northern Ark Plants, VIP Brewery, McVeigh Plants, Time Freezer Photographs, Robert Food, Ridley’s Fish and Game, Jimmy Bell The Lamb Man, Northumberland Poultry, Mish-Mish Crafts and Beads, Karen Griffiths Crafts and Glass, Shelley-Louise Watson Jewellery, Moorhouse Farm Meat, Gingersnaps Pies and Cakes, Carol Poland Cake and Chocolate, Lionel Crawford Woodturner, Kenspeckle Fudge, Great Northumberland Bread Company, Meldon Park Plants, Fruit and Veg, JR Jams, Swallow Fish, Sconery, Irena Vine Cookies, Northumberland Cheese, Anarchy Brewery, Little Soap By The Sea, Curiously Wicked Chocolate, Debbie’s Fudge Parlour, Laura Natasha Dilley Crafts, Benny’s Toon Macaroons, Vegan Kitchen, Relish Publications, Hadrian’s Chocolate Stall, Stichill Dairy, Purely Pork, M Harrison Glass, Marlish Waters, Northumberland Muffins, Sugar Rush Rock, Tim Foxall Wooden Spoons, Thirstly, Northumberland Tea Company, Vicomte Bernard de Romanet, The Fruit Kitchen, Spencerfield Spirit Company, Sloe Crafts, Wetherspoons, Spirit of Northumberland, Dennhofer Wines, Ice Bar, La Bodega, Mrs Tiffin, Love Food Hate Waste, Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Boulevards Cuisine, Crazy Fred’s, Portovino and The Mad Jam Woman.