The best the region has to offer

Who sold all the pies? It was Paul Leighton, of Turnbull's of Alnwick, pictured with Jean-Christophe Novelli at the 2013 Alnwick Food Festival.
Who sold all the pies? It was Paul Leighton, of Turnbull's of Alnwick, pictured with Jean-Christophe Novelli at the 2013 Alnwick Food Festival.
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New faces, loyal supporters and a wealth of food and drink from across the North East means the tenth Alnwick Food Festival is set to be the best yet.

Taking place on Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21, food producers from across the region, and some from further afield, will be showing what they’ve got to offer in Alnwick Market Place.

Faces in the crowd - Alf and Chicken George spotted in the crowd at Alnwick Food Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Faces in the crowd - Alf and Chicken George spotted in the crowd at Alnwick Food Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

And the Northumberland Hall will be transformed into a demonstration kitchen where chefs will create magnificent dishes in front of packed audiences.

Celebrity French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will also be in town, back for the fourth year in a row, showing his support for the event, which is sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wines.

Novelli, who has four Michelin stars, will not only be demonstrating his talents in the Northumberland Hall kitchen, but he will also be out and about in the Market Place meeting visitors and traders.

New chefs will be gracing the festival kitchen this year, including Gareth Kyle, who specialises in Spanish dishes and recently broke the world record for non-stop cooking, demonstrating what he can do for 41 hours as part of the Newcastle EAT festival.

Gazette columnist Christine McAllister, aka the Frugal Foodie, will also be showing how to create delicious dishes on a budget.

Celebrating all things fishy, Hexham’s Kirsty Cruickshank and Karen Wilkin, from Swallowfish in Seahouses, will be showing what to do with fish and shellfish from the North East coast while Emma Whittingham will demonstrate how to cook game. Various other chefs will also be on the podium.

Street entertainers will be on hand, along with roving chefs who may pop up anywhere to cook a quick dish in the guerilla kitchen.

Northumberland County Council’s public protection team will be out and about giving advice and help to any food producers and businesses that need it.

Festival director Karen Larkin said: “We’ve got new faces this year as well as those that have supported the festival since day one. There is so much going on over the weekend and we are delighted that Jean-Christophe will be back with us again.

“We’ve got some different things happening as well so it really is worth popping along to have a look at what is on offer.”

To keep up to date visit www.alnwickfoodfestival.co.uk, follow it on Twitter @AlnwickFoodFest or add Alf Alnwick as a friend on Facebook.