A look ahead to the Berwick Food Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:12 11 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:50 20 February 2013

A look ahead to the Berwick Food Festival

A look ahead to the Berwick Food Festival

There's a plethora of local food festivals and projects all over the North East and they are getting better all the time Words by Sue Campbell

Food festivals and local food projects have sprung up all over the North East in the last few years and a good thing too.

It makes perfect sense for consumers to buy and restaurants and cafes to use local food - its fresher, hasnt travelled huge numbers of food miles and it helps the local economy.

Theres a great festival coming up. Berwick Food Festival, now in its fourth year, attracts thousands of visitors from around the UK and this year promises even more foodie delights.

Organised by Berwicks Slow Food Group, the festival takes place on September 10th and 11th and is a chance for visitors to find out more
about the thriving local food scene in Northumberland and the Borders
region of Scotland.

Slow Food is part of the wider international Slow Movement and Berwick is one of a handful of UK towns to be granted Citta Slow status and certainly one of the most northerly.

Highlights include:

Producers Market - with everything from cheese to chutney, lamb to lettuce and pies to potatoes

Beer Festival - discover your favourites from the huge selection of the finest regional real ales and ciders

Cookery demonstrations - learn how to make the most of the markets produce with a host of local chefs.

Slow Wisdom project - running throughout the summer this will see the publics favourite family recipes on display with the best being cooked up in the demo kitchen.

Delicious local produce - enjoy lunch in the Barracks or buy your picnic at the market

Animal Farm - a chance to meet some of our oldest rare breed animals first hand including the ever popular piglets

Demonstrations and displays - celebrating the Food Heritage of Northumberland and the Borders

Music - chill out to jazz or tap your toes to some traditional folk tunes from local musicians

Watch also for the work of the Love Food project, popping up all over the North Pennine Dales. This project supports the production, promotion, use and appreciation of locally grown or reared food throughout Teesdale, Weardale, the Allen Valleys and Derwentside, and encourages people to get out of their cars and shop local.

Director, Hazel Coppack, said: Lots of us are guilty of getting in ours cars
to go to the supermarket several miles away, when we can get wonderfully
fresh local food from local producers on our doorsteps.

She added that Love Food also encouraged people to challenge shops
and suppliers about where their goods came from.

The fewer miles our food travels, the less we use our cars and the more we support our local producers, the better for the environment.

Berwick Food festival - adults 2; children, under 12s free. This includes entrance to the festival and all Barracks attractions and museums

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