Tasty treats and crafts galore

Rothbury Food and Craft Festival 2015'Picture by Jane Coltman
Rothbury Food and Craft Festival 2015'Picture by Jane Coltman

Tasty treats, handmade crafts, entertainment and more will be on offer when an annual festival hits town.

A wide range of stalls and producers will be at Rothbury Food and Craft Festival on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2.

The popular event, which is held next to the Cow Haugh car park, was started over eight years ago and has gone from strength to strength since its inception.

Entry to the event is free and the range of exhibitors should tickle the tastebuds of food and craft lovers.

Traders at this year’s event include: The Great Northumberland Bread Company, Hadrian and Border Brewery, Greenbrae Meat, Hammond Charcuterie, Hobberlaw Plants, Awl by Hand Leather, Ludovici, Simply Cheesecake, The Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen, The Old Stables (Fudge and Brownies), Northumberland Sausage Company, Mad Jam Woman, Northumbrian Smokehouse, Handmade by Judith, Northumberland Cheese Company, Claire Myers Artist, Coquet Chocolates and Whisky and Kitty’s Homemade Ginger Wine to name a few.

And this year there will also be refreshements and food on offer from Earth & Fire Pizza, Simply Pour and Make and Tynemouth Coffee.

The fair was started in 2008 as a small, family event with only 20 stalls, but it has grown and grown over the years.

It has attracted praise from festival-goers for its variety, organisation and family-friendly, relaxing atmosphere.

Organisers Heather Foggon and Avril Mills said: “Starting out as a small, family event with 20 stalls, the festival has grown in popularity with traders and the public alike year on year. 

“Over the years we have had more than 10,000 craft and food lovers flock to this lively, bustling event, which now boasts more than 60 stalls, to browse the wares, sample some delicious food and drink and enjoy its picturesque riverside location.”

This year the Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band and Seahouses School steel band will be playing throughout the day to entertain visitors.

Alexas Animal Rescue and Daft as a Brush Cancer Care will also be at the event hoping to raise funds for their causes.

Car parking will be available throughout Rothbury and there will be directions to the festival upon entering the village.

Signs to the festival marquee will also be up throughout Rothbury.

Stalls will be open from 10am to 4pm with entertainment playingat various intervals throughout the day.