Food fest a smorgasbord of entertainment

Alnwick Food Festival 2012 Ella Reay-Carroll enjoys a cuddle with ALF.
Alnwick Food Festival 2012 Ella Reay-Carroll enjoys a cuddle with ALF.

A smorgasbord of tasty treats and delicious delicacies will be on offer in Alnwick this weekend as the annual food festival takes place.

Celebrating the wealth of local produce on our doorstep in Northumberland, and some from further afield, the two-day event is set to be another huge success.

Alnwick Food Festival 2012

Alnwick Food Festival 2012

Last year 35,000 visited for the weekend and this year even more are expected.

And for the third year in a row French celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be in town, demonstrating his talents and promoting local food and producers.

It has been described as ‘the Ludlow of the North’ and according to Jean-Christophe is in the ‘premier league of food festivals’.

A host of different events will take place during Saturday and Sunday with something for people of all ages.

Alnwick Food Festival 2012'Jean -Christophe Novelli demonstration.

Alnwick Food Festival 2012'Jean -Christophe Novelli demonstration.

Alnwick Market Place will be packed with more than 60 stalls selling local produce while chefs, including Vallum Farm’s David Kennedy, will be giving demonstrations in the Northumberland Hall.

Potato Pete and his friends from the Potato Council will also be on hand.

And a ton of spuds will be given away at the festival.

Mark Robson, who farms at Turvelaws in Wooler, is the North East ambassador for the Potato Council and will be handing out the tatties, which are grown at his farm, during the weekend.

A guerilla kitchen will be around the town with staff from Hospitality Industry Training demonstrating potato recipes, using Mark Robson’s produce, throughout the weekend, alongside other chefs.

Festival director Karen Larkin said: “We are all set and ready to go for this weekend. The weather looks promising, the Market Place is full to bursting and there are loads of other things happening this year.

“There is definitely something for everyone and we hope everyone comes along to support the efforts made over the last twelve months.

“Alnwick is going to be manic this weekend, but in terms of business and putting Alnwick on the map it surely has to be great for the town.”

And of course the food festival mascot, Alf the lion, will be handing out free hugs. On Saturday night, a special Evening with Jean-Christophe Novelli is being held in the Northumberland Hall. The night promises to be a brilliant event with tasters of street food which will be on sale in the Market Place during the festival for guests to eat as well as ‘fantastical’ cocktails.

There will also be some celebrity guests in attendance and entertainment provided. Tickets are £50 per person which includes food and a cocktail on arrival. To buy your ticket, contact 01665 576239.