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Food festival will cook up two days of culinary fun

Philip Angier and Derek Oetting shake hands to mark the sponsorship deal.
Philip Angier and Derek Oetting shake hands to mark the sponsorship deal.

An action-packed programme is on the menu at this year’s Alnwick Food Festival, and the organisers are sure it will have all the right ingredients to make it a recipe for success.

An exciting mix of exhibitors are booked up for the two-day event, which takes place in September and promotes some of the best produce that Northumberland has to offer.

Alnwick Market Place during a previous food festival.

Alnwick Market Place during a previous food festival.

And ahead of September’s culinary showcase, the festival committee has announced that the town’s Ford Motorcare is the festival’s main sponsor.

Food festival chairman Philip Angier said: “We are delighted to have the support of Motorcare Ford in Alnwick for this year’s event.

“One of our priorities remains to showcase and celebrate the talents and enterprise of our food producers in Northumberland and the region.

“It’s especially fitting to have sponsorship from a business based in the town.

“We’ve an exciting mix of exhibitors booked for the weekend – familiar faces and some coming to Alnwick for the first time.

“Experiences not to be missed at this year’s event are the Mussel Pot (serving fresh mussels with crusty bread) and Corbridge-based Harper’s Exotic barbecue, who promise burgers in a variety of exotic flavours, including venison, buffalo and kangaroo.”

Ford Motorcare is delighted to be this year’s main sponsor and during the event, the company will be featuring the new Ford Focus with two cars on show at the event and staff available to help explain the features of the new vehicles.

Managing director Bryan Easton said: “Ford Motorcare Alnwick is delighted to sponsor this year’s Alnwick Food Festival.

“It’s one of the big calendar event dates for the town that everyone looks forward to, bringing people together to celebrate some great food and produce along with amazing entertainment to provide great fun that everyone can come along and enjoy.

“I think it’s important to support these events. Running a local business myself I know how important it is promote our local services and this is an excellent way to showcase what our local community has to offer.

“I know the event draws in tens of thousands of visitors and provides revenue for our local businesses so hope it long continues past the 13-year mark it now sits on.

“We are very excited at the arrival of the all-new Ford Focus. The all-new Focus is built to improve your driving experience in every way.

“This next generation car is packed with advanced features like Ford Co-Pilot360 and an impressive set of driver assist technologies.”

The 2018 food festival will take place on the weekend of September 22 and 23, and is set to attract more than 50 street-food stalls and food and drink producers, as well as a full programme of family entertainment. It is a celebration of authentic artisan food and crafts, combined with music and entertainers. The popular annual event, which is free, attracts a footfall to the Market Place of more than 30,000 people. For details, visit www.alnwickfoodfestival.co.uk or the AlnwickFoodFestival Facebook page. Content will be updated regularly ahead of the event.