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The Journal's Taste of the County

The Journal's Taste of the County food and drink fair at Northumberland County Show has been feeding the public's growing appetite for top-quality local produce since 2009

The event is held in support of The Journal’s Taste campaign, which was launched in January 2008 to give a much-needed boost to those producers, farmers, shopkeepers, hoteliers and restaurateurs championing all that’s good about North East food and drink.

The event showcases the region’s thriving local food and drink sector, and gives unrivalled face-to-face access to the people who grow, rear, harvest and make a whole range of often unique and regionally-inspired foods.

The annual Northumberland County Show attracts crowds of 25,000-plus and will take place this year on Bank Holiday Monday, 25 May at Bywell, near Stocksfield in the Tyne Valley.

The large marquee accommodates around 60 stalls and this year’s culinary Taste extravaganza is sponsored by Arch – The Northumberland Development Company and the Amble Harbour Village. Stall holders will be selling everything from cakes and bread to award-winning beers, ice cream, flavoured seasonings and spices, vegetables, locally-reared meat, fish and cheeses.

Watch this space for a full list of traders.

Taste of the County has proved itself to be a popular and much-anticipated date in the region’s festival calendar – and if you’re a local food or drink producer based in the region, why not be part of it?

Click here to download the application information and Taste booking form .

With thanks to our sponsors:


DATE: Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, 2015.

TIMES: Gates open at 9am and the show closes at 6pm.

LOCATION: Bywell, near Stocksfield, Northumberland.

TASTE MARQUEE: More than 60 food and drink stalls.


Lesley Hampson, event manager, on 0191 201 6435, or email lesley.hampson@trinitymirror.com

TICKET PRICES: from £12 Adult, £3 Children. See Northumberland County Show website www.northcountyshow.co.uk


Brickyard Bakery

Freshly baked selection of artisan breads, cakes and scones

07534 391807

Brocksbushes Ltd

Seasonal fruit & veg and delicious homebaked savouries and sweets

01434 633100


The Brownie Bar

Gorgeously gooey rich chocolate brownies and white chocolate blondies

07875 441274


Charlie's Country Kitchen (I Love Pies Me)

Speciality pies, pasties and cakes

07946 615536


The Cherry Tree (Durham)

Multi-award winning chutneys, preserves, curds & cheeses

017835 357670


The Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen

Scones (sweet and savoury), Cakes, Tea Breads, Tray Bakes & Biscuits


Geordie Banger Company

Third generation sausage company selling hand crafted gourmet sausages with a Geordie twist

0191 4475600



Bakery produce - plate pies, small pies, quiche, sausage rolls, pasties, scones, traybakes

07970 616702

The Gluten Free Kitchen

Delicious gluten-free bread, cakes, pies, desserts, savouries, and pastries

01969 622222


Grants Butchers Ltd

Selling a variety of different flavoured sausage with free sampling all day

07856 271964


Hallsford Farm Produce

Hung Shorthorn beef, rarebreed mutton, lamb and pork. Traditional Cumberland sausage

01228 577329


Hammond Charcuterie

Cured, air-dried or smoked, British speciality meats from the lush banks of the River Tweed

07905 697717



Improve joint health and mobility with flexicoll high strength collagen drink

01670 511066

www.flexicoll.com / www.dermacoll.com

Hebridean Liqueurs North East

Whiskey, brandy & rum liqueurs, malt whiskies, London Gin and Navy Rum

07837 006746


The Honey Store

Beekeepers, producers and suppliers of speciality honey products

07843 993882



Fresh fruit and vegetables

07596 704783


Kathryn Brown Cupcakes

Delicious cupcakes baked using fresh, quality ingedients - warning, extremely moreish!


Kenspeckle Confectionery

Fudges, chocolates and traditional confectionery

01670 863000


Loopy Lisa's Fudge

Authentic handmade fudges - just like Grannie used to make!

01388 835135



Hand made Limoncello, crafted in small batches from our family recipe

07554 306606


The Mad Jam Woman

Jam, marmalade, relishes, curds, ghost chilli sauces, cheesecakes & frangipans

07766 857680

Northumberland Cheese Co.

Producer of artisan cheeses, all vegetarian using cow, goat, sheep & Jersey milk

01670 789798


Northumberland Sausage Company

Handmade gourmet sausage lovingly made in the heart of Northumberland

01434 270657


The Northumberland Tea Company

Northumberland tea, made for Northumbrians and tea lovers everywhere

01434 632111


Olive Tree

30 different varieties of stuffed olives. Turkish delight and baklava

Shaw Meats Ltd

Gluten free products and a range of salami and cured meats

01697 321111


Stateside Treat Emporium

Delicious tastes evoking memories of past holidays to America and Canada

0191 4283302


Swallow Fish Ltd

Traditional oak smoked fish, fresh fish, shellfish & homemade fish pates

01665 721052


The TeaShed

Packs of tea, biscuits & bursting juice bubbles for cold drinks!

0191 4326231


Truly Tempting Chocolate

Handmade bars, chocolate lollies and other bespoke chocolate gifts

01325 259674


Wheelbirks Ice Cream

Jersey ice cream

07950 026486


Wildon Grange

Salad dressings and sauces, chutneys and balsamic vinegars

07876 486015


Zen Baker

Artisan breads, cakes and pastries



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