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Universal Cookery and Food Festival 2015 will bring big names to the North East

The 4th annual Universal Cookery and Food Festival 2015 will take place at Vallum Farm Northumberland in September

Chris Gale Craft Guild of Chefs members (l-Ian Nottage, Lee Maycock and John Feeney who started the Universal Cookery and Food Festival
Craft Guild of Chefs members (l-Ian Nottage, Lee Maycock and John Feeney who started the Universal Cookery and Food Festival

Some of the biggest names in the food industry will be descending on the North East this autumn for a one day trade cookery and food festival, dubbed the ‘Glastonbury for chefs.’

Contract caterers such as Sodexo and Elior, restaurant chains including Bill’s and Prezzo, as well as retailers like Marks and Spencer and Waitrose, will be among those attending the fourth annual Universal Cookery and Food Festival 2015, set to take place at Vallum Farm in Northumberland’s Tyne Valley on September 23.

This is the first time the festival, which was first launched in 2012 and is designed by chefs for chefs working in all areas of the food service industry, has been held in the North East.

A packed programme of events will include a farmers’ market, showcasing the finest produce and ingredients the region has to offer.

There will also be an Innovation Zone, displaying and demonstrating new culinary products and produce as well as a series of debates on subjects ranging from the changing face of pub food, to the celebration of local talent and whether bugs should be part of our staple diet.

Renowned regional chef Terry Laybourne will also be taking to the stage to share his culinary expertise.

Throughout the day there will be tours of Vallum, which is not only a working dairy farm, but also houses a community of artisan smokers, growers, bakers, chefs and ice cream makers, who supply a tea room, restaurant and shop.

Attendees will be able to sample a wide range of food, which will draw to a close with an evening barbecue, local band, and free beer in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall.

Lee Maycock, the Craft Guild of Chefs’ national vice chairman and event director for the Universal Cookery and Food Festival, says: “The show just gets bigger and better every year, and we’re very excited to be heading North for the first time.

“The North East has a wealth of superb food producers and suppliers and some highly skilled and experienced chefs, and this will be a great opportunity to bring them all together to showcase what they do.”

Producers and suppliers wishing to exhibit at the Universal Cookery and Food Festival 2015 should call 01293 854 403 or email: eventsteam@cookeryandfoodfestival.co.uk

Tickets cost £99 per person plus VAT and include access to the full event, exhibition and refreshments along with live music and the evening barbecue.

Attendees can register online at www.cookeryandfoodfestival.co.uk

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