Local food set to be a hit at music festival

Emma Whittingham
Emma Whittingham

Brinkburn Music Festival is working with local producers this year to ensure that its catering experience provides the crowds with a true taste of Northumberland.

This weekend’s event, staged at Brinkburn Priory and now in its 21st year, has teamed up with well-known foodie, Emma Whittingham, to ensure that the food and drink on offer is among the best the region has to offer.

Emma, who was formerly the manager of Alnwick Farmers’ Market and has published her own book on local game and produce, is bringing together local suppliers to provide a variety of options for festival goers.

Rev Michael Boag, who has taken over as event chairman, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Emma on board to help us with our new food and drink offer.

“We want to give our guests more options to stay and enjoy the glorious surroundings of Brinkburn Priory in between the afternoon and evening concerts.

“Through Emma we’ve also commissioned some of the suppliers to create produce specially for the festival.”

This includes a Brinkburn summer pudding created by Proof of the Pudding and a special bread made by Felton-based bakery, Running Fox.

The majority of food and drink options during the day and evening will be in The Manor House.

This will include afternoon tea made and served by the ladies of Rothbury parish and Brinkburn sharing platters in the evening.

There will also be a pop-up bar provided by The VIP Brewery, a microbrewery connected with the Village Inn in Longframlington, who will be serving their own ales, plus a selected range of wines, bubbles, spirits and soft drinks.

Bar snacks will be available for those who would like something a bit lighter to go with their drink.

Rev Boag added: “We have also got the ever popular picnics from Grannies of Alnwick which come in the Brinkburn jute bag and can be ordered in advance and enjoyed in the glorious surroundings of the Priory if the weather is fine.”

The festival takes place from tomorrow to Sunday and features some top-class musicians and performers. Visit brinkburnmusic.org