Food festival backs the Army

Jean-Christophe Novelli backing the Jam Jar Army in 2012.
Jean-Christophe Novelli backing the Jam Jar Army in 2012.

The Stephen Carey Fund will be expecting a boost to its funds this weekend as the Jam Jar Army takes its place at a major event.

For the fourth year in a row, the Gazette’s Jam Jar Army campaign is the official charity of the Alnwick Food Festival, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday in the Market Place.

The town centre will be packed with stalls belonging to purveyors of local food and drink and each one will have a jam jar to collect visitors’ change.

There will also be volunteers out and about with collection buckets.

The previous beneficiaries of the Army campaign – HospiceCare North Northumberland, Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre and dog charity SHAK – have all benefitted from the support of the popular annual event.

But this year, there will be a further boost for the Stephen Carey Fund.

Outcook, Alnwick’s first cookery school, is hosting two workshops with French celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli.

One of the places on the Sunday morning course (worth £169) is being raffled by Outcook, with proceeds going to the Jam Jar Army beneficiary.

Tickets cost £1 each and are available from Outlook HEC on Bondgate Without or the festival information stall on Saturday.

The raffle will be drawn on Saturday afternoon by Jean-Christophe.

l For a full preview of what’s going on this weekend at the food and beer festivals, turn to Pages 39 to 42.