Creating the food and drink capital of the North East

Eyeing up the goodies at the 2013 Alnwick Food Festival.
Eyeing up the goodies at the 2013 Alnwick Food Festival.

Plans are well under way for Alnwick to be transformed into the culinary capital of the county next month.

For a weekend in September thousands of visitors will be flocking to the town to sample the delicious delights on offer and see chefs from across the North East demonstrate their talents at the Alnwick Food Festival.

And French celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be back for the fourth year in a row to mark the event’s 10th anniversary, on Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21.

The event transforms the Market Place into a feast of food and drink with produces from across the region showing off their products.

In the Northumberland Hall, chefs, including Jean-Christophe, will create their favourite dishes for all to see. As a new twist for this year, Jean-Christophe will also be hosting two cookery workshops at Outcook Cookery School, on Bondgate Without, giving a intimate lesson in how to create some fantastic dishes. The class on Saturday afternoon has only two spaces left and Sunday morning is also booking up fast.

Each session costs £169 per person and includes all ingredients and equipment for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Running alongside the food festival is Alnwick Beer Festival.

Running in the Town Hall over the same weekend it will see beers from breweries across the North East.

Organised by Alnwick and District Round Table it is the eighth event of its kind which also sees a range of ciders and soft drinks on offer.

Tickets for the beer festival are £5 each which includes a souvenir glass.

They can be bought in advance at www.alnwickbeer or on the door. Tokens will also be available.

For more about Alnwick Food Festival, see www.alnwick