Free food and craft event to be staged next weekend in Alnwick

Alnwick Market Place. Picture by Jane Coltman
Alnwick Market Place. Picture by Jane Coltman

A free event showcasing produce from around the region is taking place later this month, to plug the gap left by the popular Alnwick Food Festival, which is off the menu this year.

‘A Taste of the North’ will be staged in the town’s Market Place on Saturday, September 19, from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, September 20, from 10am to 4pm, featuring food and craft stalls.

Street-food vendors will serve hot meals and snacks, there will be music in the Northumberland Hall on both days and entertainment for children.

Visitors can take part in a town-trail quiz leading them around Alnwick’s cafés, restaurants and shops. Completed quiz entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a food hamper.

The event fills the gap left by Alnwick Food Festival, which is normally held on the third weekend of September. It is not taking place this year, but is set to return in 2016. Chairman of Alnwick Markets, Philip Angier, said: “We wanted to keep the seat warm for the food festival while the organising committee takes a break. We are donating £10 from every stall we rent in the Market Place at Taste of the North towards the costs of 2016’s food festival.”

A Taste of the North is supported by the town council and chamber of trade.