Festival serves up extra treats

EXTRA features at this year’s Alnwick Food Festival are set to make it even better than previous years.

Not only will the event be held over three days from Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25 but a community market and an arts and crafts market will also be held to reach out to even more people.

Sponsored by Bailey’s of Alnwick, the art and craft event will showcase the talents and skills of local artists and craftspeople among the wide variety of exhibitors’ stalls.

It includes hand-made jewellery, ceramics, scarves and accessories, health and beauty products, line art and colour illustrations.

Two young artists on a scholarship programme from Allendale Forge Studios, Dani Fox of Card Couture and Laura Waugh of Firefly Forest, will also be featured at the event thanks to sponsorship from Conroy’s the Jewellers.

Dr Chris Harrison will also be on hand to ‘turn your picnic into paper’ - a chance for young and old to get their hands wet and learn about hand-paper making using herbs and plants.

Other craft and art stalls will also be on offer.

And on Sunday, September 25 Alnwick Food Festival’s community market will provide a platform for local voluntary and community groups to show off their wares – especially those with a commitment to local growing, local food and the environment.

This year’s Community Market programme is spearheaded by Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth whose extended stall will feature speakers from Newcastle University and demonstrations of bread-making, home-brewing and apiculture.

“Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth have had a presence at the Food Festival for several years,” said David Farrar.

“This year were are pleased to be doing something different.

Our programme of talks hopes to challenge the thinking around food and should generate lively debate. Alongside this, our practical demonstrations aim to show how you can create more of what you eat and drink for yourself. Underpinning all of this will be an overarching theme of striving for food that is local, sustainable and seasonal.”

Other contributors include the Alnwick Community Centre, the Aln Valley Railway and the Bailiffgate Museum.

Alnwick’s Gallery Youth Project will be assisting with the Smoothie bike stand and hosting inter-active graffiti art sessions led by artist John Craggs.

The Community Market, located in Bondgate Within, has been sponsored by Wilkinson, which opens a new shop on Lagny Street today.