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There’s a culinary revolution going on in Northumberland right now. The rural byways of the county are bursting at the seams with quirky events and scrummy eateries, many with ethical and locally sourced produce at their heart. Having long been at the forefront of the region’s cuisine scene, Appetite magazine – alongside it’s boozy sister, Cheers North East – have been quietly beavering away to produce an event worthy of the region’s food-loving public, and here at NARC., we’ve been along for the ride!
don those stretchy elasticated waist pants, skip breakfast and gorge yourself on some of the best food and drink in the North East
The culmination of several months of toil will come to fruition in the form of Northumbria Food & Drink Festival, taking place at Vallum Farm in East Wallhouses on Saturday 10th September from 11am until 5pm. Vallum have established themselves as a real foodie gateway to Hadrian’s Wall country, and with the farm and restaurant a mere 15 minute drive from Newcastle, yet situated in the heart of the countryside, it’s an enviable location for a festival.
The event itself promises a packed programme, with live demos from celeb chefs including Peace & Loaf’s Dave Coulson, Rhian and Helen from The Feathers Inn and Martin Charlton, the man behind The Old Boat House in Blyth and Amble’s Fish Shack. Street food from among the best in the biz comes from Fat Hippo, Zapatista, La Petite Creperie, WMH Meats and Vallum themselves, plus there’s over 30 food stalls from the likes of Geordie Bangers, Ouseburn Coffee Co, Le Mini Macaron, Boulevard Creative Cuisine, The Goat Company, The Brownie Bar, The French Oven, Northumberland Seafood and many more. Breweries including Box Social (who bring their awesome fire engine bar to the event) and Errant Brewery provide something to wet your whistle, and there’ll be food and drink matching workshops courtesy of Carruthers & Kent and Cheers North East editor Alastair Gilmour.
Entertainment wise, NARC. has programmed the live music, with funk behemoths King Bee, country and roots from Chloe Chadwick and folky sounds from Shipcote & Friends providing musical accompaniment. There’ll also be activities for kids, including a puppet-making workshop and film screenings thanks to charity No Strings. Other activities include an al fresco kitchen and demos from CCS, gun dog displays and game preparation workshops, clay pigeon shooting and much more! Entry is just £5 per car.
Our advice is to don those stretchy elasticated waist pants, skip breakfast and gorge yourself on some of the best food and drink in the North East!