Village festival gives May Day visitors food for thought

AFTER the dark days of the floods, gas and power problems, the people of Rothbury are looking forward to welcoming visitors to a series of village events throughout 2009.

These include the street fair in May, the music festival in July and two food and craft festivals, one on the May Day Bank Holiday and the other in December.

The first food and craft festival on Monday features more than 35 stalls and promotes a diverse selection of locally-produced Northumbrian goods ranging from wooden gifts to hand-made farmhouse cheeses.

Food specialities on offer will include a variety of cakes, bread, sweets, preserves, pies, fresh fish, shellfish, game, cheeses, meat and vegetables including organic produce.

As well as this excellent variety of edible goodies, there will also be opportunities to buy several speciality beers, spirits and ginger wine.

Crafts on offer range from wood-turned products, teddies, soaps, hand-made bags, pyrography, jewellery and jewellery boxes, candles, pewter ware and knitted items.

Gardeners are also well catered for with hardy perennials, basket, container and bedding plants all available.

As if this weren’t enough, there is also catering available and live entertainment to keep the customers satisfied.

Those who attended the first festival last year will know what a great success it was and this year promises to be bigger and better.

What the festival has to offer, coupled with a guaranteed warm welcome from the local tea rooms, coffee shops, pubs and retailers, will ensure a great family day out in the heart of beautiful Coquetdale.

The food and craft festival opens at 10am and runs until 4pm.

Don’t miss it.