Food Heroes Tasting Market

Bringing together more than 20 of the region's top food originators, this all-day event at Newcastle University will showcase a huge range of local food and produce, with the emphasis firmly on tasting.

Bringing together more than 20 of the region's top food originators, this all-day event at Newcastle University will showcase a huge range of local food and produce, with the emphasis firmly on tasting. Stallholders will include:

Loopy Lisa Fudge - Traditional fudge and sweet-maker based at Butterknowle near Bishop Auckland.

n www.n-e-businessbuilder.co.uk

Kielder Organic Meats - A family-run business based at Dunterley Farm near Bellingham. All the cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens are organically reared.

n www.kielderorganicmeats.co.uk

Thorncroft - Operating out of Stockton, all the drinks, including Elderflower Cordial, Pink Ginger Cordial and Nettle Cordial, have roots in herbal healing, using natural ingredients often fresh from the wild.

n www.thorncroftdrinks.co.uk

Piperfield Pork - Pork, sausages, bacon and ham from its herd of Middle White pigs at Lowick, near Berwick. Piperfield Pork supplies Heston Blumenthal's world-known Fat Duck Restaurant in Berkshire.

n www.piperfield.com

Fresh Element - Newcastle-based creators of hand-made gourmet meals, using natural ingredients, to enjoy at home.

n www.freshelement.co.uk

The Weardale Organic Soup Co - Home-made, organic, vegetarian, gluten-free soups, including the award-winning tomato and red pepper with Wensleydale.

Doddington Dairy - Nestled at the bottom of the Cheviot Hills in the Glendale Valley, it makes cheese and ice cream with whole milk from its own herd of cows.

n www.doddingtondairy.co.uk

Lindisfarne Oyster Company - Lying on the site of the oyster beds established by the monks of Lindisfarne Priory, this is a family-run business producing quality pacific oysters.

n www.lindisfarneoysters.co.uk

Borderfields Ltd - Located on the north Northumberland coast, Borderfields was set up by a small group of cereal and oilseed growers who shared a common desire to trade beyond the farm gate by developing products, such as Oleifera oil, ready for sale to consumers.

n www.borderfields.co.uk

Northumbrian Organic Meat - The meat produced at this West Woodburn farm has made its way onto the menu at Terry Laybourne's Café 21 restaurants and is sold in Fenwick's deli in Newcastle.

n www.northumbrian-organic-meat.co.uk

Northumberland Cheese Co - National and international accolades have poured in for the range of cows' and goats' milk cheeses produced by this firm, based on the Blagdon Estate near Newcastle.

n www.northumberlandcheese.co.uk

Bread Bin - A community bakery based in Amble which produces bread - including speciality loaves like Dutch Donker and rye - rolls, cakes, scones and pies.

n www.fourwaysfood.co.uk

Chain Bridge Honey - Established in 1948 near Berwick, it produces honey collected from its 1,500 colonies of bees.

n www.chainbridgehoney.co.uk

Carroll's Heritage Potatoes - This business at Tiptoe Farm, Cornhill, grew out of the Carroll family's passion for cooking and eating unusual potatoes. The initial six varieties have mushroomed into 20, including Pink Fir Apple and Yukon Gold.

n www.heritagepotatoes.co.uk

Trees Can't Dance - In Coanwood, Haltwhistle, the firm grows its own chillies which it turns into sauces and dips.

n www.treescantdance.co.uk

New Barns Farm - An award-winning restaurant and farm shop near Warkworth, famed for its terrines, pies, home-cooked meats and preserves and chutneys.

n www.newbarnsfarmshop.co.uk

Gilchester Organics - A specialist in rare breed grains and the first and wholly organic mill in Northumberland.

Ridley's Fish and Game - A fishmonger and game dealer, with a wholesale branch in Corbridge, voted one of the 50 best food shops by a national newspaper.

n www.ridleysfishandgame.co.uk

Proof of the Pudding - Home-made cakes for tea-time treats and sticky puddings are available from the kitchen of Susan Green at Heckley Farm, Alnwick.

n (01665) 602-505

Wylam Brewery - Set up in an old farm dairy near Heddon-on-the-Wall, this has won awards for its cask ales, including Hedonist, Gold Tankard and Whistle Stop.

n www.wylambrew.co.uk

Moorhouse Farm Shop - Sausages, dry-cured bacon, gammon, ready meals, cakes, soups, quiches, pies, bread and vegetables from family farms near Matfen.

n www.moorhousefarmshop.co.uk

Eat! HIGHLIGHTS

n The Convivial Table

n Eat!ng - Guerilla Restaurant.

n Afternoon Tea Party - various venues.

n Black, White and Brown Menu Night - restaurants will present special menus celebrating food heritage, using Newcastle United's team colours and iconic brown ales.

n Wine of the Times - mass tasting of 100 wines and beers at Newcastle's Guildhall.

n Food Heroes Tasting Market.

n Ten Things to Eat Before You Die - five-course dinner featuring local and international foods with proceeds to the Children's Foundation.

n Meet the Producers - open days at food producers' premises around the region.

n Adopt a School - Eight chefs each spend a day in a local school introducing children to the senses we use to enjoy food and discussing the basics.

n Yes Chef! - Student apprentices work alongside Chef de Parties at local restaurants before taking part in a Ready Steady Cook-style competition.

n Eat! 3 for 2 - restaurants around NewcastleGateshead.

n Local Ingredients - International Food - international restaurants across NewcastleGateshead create recipes in their own house style.

n Festival of Food and Wine at Jesmond Dene House (April 8-16) - Farmers' market, gala dinners and demos by 15 award-winning British and European chefs.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer