Morpeth’s popular food and drink festival will be back for a third helping this October – and it looks set to be the biggest and best yet.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a full day of uninterrupted shopping on October 3 thanks to a new lay out and location.
As well as the Town Hall and the Market Place, this year’s culinary extravaganza will also have 60 stalls lining Bridge Street with a full road closure in place for the whole day.
The festival committee is also planning a packed day of entertainment with live music, face painting and the ever popular demonstration kitchen, where local chefs will be showcasing their cooking skills throughout the day. Entries are now open for the annual Morpeth Jam competition, with organisers keen to hear from anyone who thinks they have what it takes to beat last year’s winner, Sarah Taylor, who has now taken over the Peppermint Tearoom on Newgate Street.
She will be a judge for this year’s jam competition and has also joined the organising committee in a bid to get other traders on board and link Newgate Street into the food festival.
She says: “I am thrilled to have been asked to join the committee for this year. Being the new owner of The Peppermint Tearoom on Newgate Street I want to get everyone as involved as possible.
“I can’t believe how many people are asking for my jam which won the competition last year. I’m really looking forward to being a judge for this year’s competition.”
To complement the jam competition, this year there will also be a battle for the crown to bake the best scones in the town.
The food festival this year coincides with Morpeth’s monthly farmers’ market and falls on the same day as the Rugby World Cup with the South Africa versus Scotland game taking place at Newcastle’s St James’ Park at 4pm.
Medi Parry, centre manager at Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade and a member of the festival organising committee says: “We really want to build on the success of the last two years and have looked at changing things around a little bit for 2015 and having the stalls running along Bridge Street.“Interest in the event is really growing every year – it’s a great opportunity to show what the town and the region has to offer.” For competition entry forms and stall booking go to www.moreinmorpeth.co.uk . Alternatively contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01670 510967 .For all the latest information and to keep up with news follow More in Morpeth on Facebook and Twitter.