Visitors to Holy Island on Saturday will be the first to sample cakes made to exclusive recipes that use some of the region’s iconic drinks, including Lindisfarne Mead and Alnwick Rum.
An Open Day being held at St Aidan’s Winery - the home of Lindisfarne Mead - will launch the arrival of the cakes along with Northumberland Tea that’s now being stocked in the onsite shop.
The cakes have been developed especially for Lindisfarne Ltd by Alnwick-based This Little Farmer.
The new recipes are for a gingerbread using Lindisfarne Ginger Wine; a marmalade orange flapjack incorporating the Orange Liqueur; Lindisfarne Tiffin, made with the St Aidan’s Cream Liqueur and a chocolate rum brownie that includes Alnwick Rum.
“This all started when Lindisfarne suggested I create a fruit cake using their mead,” explains This Little Farmer’s owner, Trish Charlton. “It proved so popular that it has been flying off the shelves, even outside the main tourist season.
“I was delighted when I was asked to develop more recipes using more iconic Lindisfarne and Alnwick brands. Northumberland produces a whole range of wonderful food and drinks and it is great to work with them and see them being promoted to visitors from all over the world.
“We will have samples of everything for people to try today and I am looking forward to talking to the visitors.”
The Lindisfarne Winery attracts around 150,000 visitors from around the world every year. Its 11-strong team produces 75,000 bottles of mead annually as well as a growing range of liqueurs, fruit wines and confectionery.
The Winery Shop stocks Alnwick Rum and the two companies worked together recently to create Percy Warmer, a blended rum liqueur.
Ian Robinson, a Director of Lindisfarne Ltd, says: “This Open Day is part of our plan to develop the shop further and promote the wonderful produce being made in the region to our many visitors.”