THOUSANDS of food lovers will be making a beeline for the Taste of the County festival being held at the Northumberland County Show today.
The food fair, organised by The Journal, champions and celebrates the very best of the region’s food and drink producers and suppliers.
You won’t miss our Taste marquee at the County Show’s Tynedale Park venue in Corbridge, positioned by the pedestrian entrance at the front of the showground. Undercover, we have 52 stalls selling everything from locally-made breads, pies, cheeses, meats and local brews to vegetables, ice creams, jams and cakes.
With produce that’s low on food miles and high on quality, it’s a great chance to support local and do your bit for the region’s economy by stocking up.
The food fair offers a real flavour of the region with names such as Wheelbirks Dairy, Fentimans, Julians Veg, The Mad Jam Woman, Northumberland Poultry, Hot Stuff Chilli Co and Sunnyhill Eggs all in attendance.
Another tasty draw is the chef demos we have planned throughout the day.
See our map, below, for the list of stalls and chefs and cooks taking part. Tantalising aromas will be emanating from the mobile kitchen inside the marquee as chefs show their prowess.
Jo Hampson of Smoky Jo’s at Shap kicks off proceedings at 11am with her smoked food delicacies. She will demo dishes of aubergine dip and trout pate.
Jo will be handing out tasters too of hot smoked salmon, smoked cheese, smoked almonds and cashews and olives.
Journal food columnist Jane Lovett is on at noon and will demo salmon en croute with lime and coriander sauce and blue cheese biscuits.
Jane will also be selling copies of her new cookbook, Make it Easy. Andrew Laurie, head chef of Barluga Morpeth gastropub and terrace, begins his stint at the stove at 1pm.
John Connell, current North East Chef of the Year, of The Meat Merchant, Jesmond, suppliers of vacuum-packed meat to the trade and public, takes his turn at 2pm.
At 3pm Lee Campbell, head chef of The White Swan, Alnwick, and also a former NE Chef of the Year winner, will demo a tasty three-course menu of dishes including asparagus salad, Kielder organic pork and strawberry mousse.
Taste of the County is the tenth food and drink festival held in support of the paper’s ‘buy, use, eat local’ campaign. It’s an added attraction to the schedule of events at the County Show, seen as the highlight of the agricultural calendar in Northumberland.
With 300 trade stands, from combines to crafts, equine and falconry displays, scores of competitive classes to parades of livestock and a fancy dress contest, the show makes for a great family day out.
Taste of the County food festival runs from 9am to 6pm. For more info on tickets and the day’s schedule visit www.northcountyshow.co.uk