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Taste of the North served up a treat

More than 100 members of the Geordie Chapter of the Harley Owners Group take a break in Alnwick during their annual Help for Heroes run. Picture by Andrea Field
More than 100 members of the Geordie Chapter of the Harley Owners Group take a break in Alnwick during their annual Help for Heroes run. Picture by Andrea Field

The quality of Northumberland produce was on show last weekend, as Alnwick staged its popular Taste of the North event.

The showcase boasted more than 70 stalls of food, crafts and arts in the Market Place and Bondgate Within. So busy was the event, that some food stalls sold out on the Saturday.

A traditional woodturning display proved popular with the crowds.

A traditional woodturning display proved popular with the crowds.

Fresh from their visit to the Houses of Parliament, Produced in Northumberland representatives were at the festival. There was also a variety of music, featuring the popular return of the Bryne School Band, from Alnwick’s twin town of Time Kommune, in Norway, as well as 15-year-old drummer Marvin Hanson and saxophonists Rachel Stevens and Johnny D.

Also popular was a demonstration of traditional woodturning by Alnwick-based Rob Turner and his son Gilbert; Old English Falconry’s Birds of Prey; and a display of motorbikes.

Sandy Higson, aka the Mad Jam Woman, had a stall at the festival.

She said. “On Saturday, I had one of my best days at Alnwick. I am proud to be a member of Produced in Northumberland. It’s important to continue to support authentic local produce and local business. Taste of the North is a great way of showcasing the variety of produce on offer.”

A view of the Market Place.

A view of the Market Place.

Philip Angier, chairman of Alnwick Markets, added: “Taste of the North is all about showcasing all of sights, sounds and flavours of our county.”

The Mad Jam Woman had a stall at the event.

The Mad Jam Woman had a stall at the event.