Feast of foodie fun at town event

Karen Wilkin from Swallow Fish at the food and drink festival to celebrate the relaunch of Morpeth Market. Ref: JCMH foodmarket 14
Karen Wilkin from Swallow Fish at the food and drink festival to celebrate the relaunch of Morpeth Market. Ref: JCMH foodmarket 14
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A fantastic menu of culinary delights will be available during Morpeth’s second annual Food and Drink Festival on Saturday.

More than 90 stalls have been booked throughout the day showcasing delicious local produce at four venues – the Town Hall, Riverside Leisure Centre, The Morpeth Chantry and the Market Place.

Jonathan Miles from BBC Radio Newcastle will be hosting the day and the entertainment will also include a performance by the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, which will march up Bridge Street at 11.30am.

A Morpeth Jam competition will be held at the Chantry, with judging taking place at 11am. The winner will be announced later in the day.

The Town Hall will be focussed on wine, beer and liquors – with cheese and wine matching from the experts at Bin 21 and The Cheese Shop.

The leisure centre will be home to the ‘Chocolate Festival’ and ‘KEVI Corner’, with the Market Place hosting the Farmers’ Market and cooking demonstrations from 9am until 4pm. There is even a sausage and ale festival at Sanderson Arcade, organised by Barluga.

The event is completely self-funded and supported through sponsorship as well as the sale of More in Morpeth shopping bags – it has been put together by the Morpeth Chamber of Trade, the Arcade, Morpeth Town Team, Morpeth Markets Advisory Group and Northumberland County Council.

Medi Parry, centre manager at Sanderson Arcade, said: “Last year’s event was fantastic and we had really good feedback from people who came along.

“We wanted to make this year’s festival an even bigger and better event, involving more venues across the town and more businesses, groups and organisations here in Morpeth

“It’s been a real team effort and we’ve got a great line-up of entertainment and events to showcase the very best of what Morpeth has to offer.

“We’ll be keeping our eyes on the weather forecast now and keeping our fingers crossed for a lovely sunny, October day.”

There will be plenty of attractions for youngsters, including a bouncy castle, face-painting and stilt walkers, and lots of opportunities to sample some of the delicious treats throughout the day.

Mr Miles said: “I will be paying special attention to the chocolate bits of the show and hopefully tasting some chocolate from the fountain or some of the displays. I’m also hoping to be surrounded by pies and Northumberland meat and get some tips from the chefs at the event on how to improve my lacklustre cooking skills.”

A park and ride shuttle service into the town centre will be in place at the County Hall car park.

Restaurants, cafes, bakeries, pubs and food shops will be offering special deals on the day, including tea rooms in Bridge Street and Newgate Street, Waterford Lodge in Castle Square and The Corbridge Larder in the Arcade.