THE Journal's Taste food and drink fair at Northumberland County Show has been feeding the public's growing appetite for top quality local produce since 2009.
It’s hard to believe that next month will mark the fifth anniversary of Journal Taste and the Northumberland County Show first joining forces to shout loud and proud about all that’s good (and there’s a lot) on the region’s local food and drink front.
But when the gates are thrown open at 9am on May 27 and the public come flooding in to this year’s county show, it will indeed mark the fifth time the curtain has been raised on The Journal’s tie-in gastronomic foodie celebration.
It will also signify a new beginning for The Journal’s A Taste of the County, as it has been affectionately dubbed. After 66 years of being based at Corbridge, Northumberland County Show is this year breaking with tradition and moving lock, stock and no doubt a few beer barrels too, to a new site at Bywell near Stocksfield in the Tyne Valley. Set in Lord Allendale’s beautiful grounds on the banks of the River Tyne, the new 105 acre site will give the county show much needed room to grow and cope with the crowds of 25,000-plus who are now regularly attracted to what is still, at its heart, a traditional agricultural show celebrating rural life in all its forms.
As you would expect, top quality local food and drink produced with no small measure of skill, commitment and love, has always been at the centre of any country celebration. Around 50 food and drink producers will be setting out their stalls on May 27 in The Journal Taste marquee selling everything from cakes and bread to award-winning beers, ice cream, flavoured seasonings and spices, vegetables, locally reared meat, fish and cheeses.
In fact, everything you could possibly need to rustle up your own locally inspired meal.
If after all that you are still lacking inspiration on the culinary front, though, a clutch of well-known regional chefs will also be cooking up a locally inspired and seasonal storm in a state of the art demonstration kitchen– a good place to sit and rest a while.
Law firm Sintons and the Duke of Wellington Inn, in Newton, are sponsoring the Taste of the County event. Both Sintons and The Duke of Wellington have built strong links with many of the region’s rural communities and independent producers, and numerous exhibitors at the show are long-standing clients of the law firm. And The Duke of Wellington's head chef, Gabor Pusztai, will be one of the chefs giving a cooking demonstration on the day.
List of traders in the Taste of the County marquee:
Allendale Brewery – award-winning ales
Archers Ice Cream - Jersey ice ceam
Bin 21 – Northumberland’s largest independent wine, spirits and beer retailer
Boulevard Ltd – smoked salts, peppercorns, oils and garlic
Brocksbushes – Home grown and baked produce and cakes
The Brownie Bar – gooey rich chocolate brownies
Cherry Tree Newcastle – award-winning chutneys, pickles and marmalades
Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen – bread, scones, cakes and biscuits
Chunk Chocolates – Home-made Belgian chocolate recipes
Crazy Freds – chilli sauces, chutneys, salsas and the hottest chillies in the world
Cupcake and Co – cupcakes, cake slices and biscuits
Domaine de Palejay – wine produced in a sustainable way
Durham Venison and Game – all game in season
Ellie’s Cupcake Kitchen – cupcakes for all occasions
Fentimans Ltd – botanically brewed old fashioned soft drinks
The Gingerbread Mam – All things ginger from puddings to cakes, biscuits and beer
Gingersnaps – traditional home-made pies, pasties, quiches and scones
Grants Butchers – sausages and burgers
Hallsford Farm Produce – hung shorthorn beef, rare breed mutton, lamb and pork
Hebridean Liqueurs North East – whisky, run and brandy
Hot Stuff Chilli Co – chilli sauces, jams, chutneys, oils, salts and mustards
Howey Nichols – quality whiskey
I Love Pies Me/Charlie’s Country Kitchen – pies, pasties and cakes
Julian’s Veg – seasonal fruit and local vegetables
Kenspeckle Confectionery – chocolate, fudges and confectionery
Kielder Organic Meats – home produced organic beef, pork and lamb
Kitty’s Homemade Ginger Wine – ginger wine
Lacey’s Cheese Ltd – handmade cheese
Lindisfarne Ltd - high quality mead, wines and liqueurs from Holy Island, Lindisfarne
Lintz Hall Farm Ltd – Derwent Valley free range eggs
LOCALicious - specialise in handmade goods such as Macaroons, Florentines, fudge, toffee and savoury muffins
Loopy Lisa’s Fudge – hand-made fudges
The Mad Jam Woman – jams, marmalades, relishes, curds and speciality cheesecake
Middle May Lamb – lamb, mutton and ready-made meals
The Moody Baker – artisan bakery
New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company – traditional New Zealand pies made in Northumberland
Northumberland Cheese Company – artisan cheeses
Northumberland Country Market – home-made local produce
Northumberland Sausage Company – gourmet sausages and local high quality meat produce
Northumberland Tea Company – tea made by Northumbrians
Northumbria Muffins – various flavoured muffins
The Olive Store – olives, olive oil and chorizo
Spicymonkey – hand-made spice mixes
Swallow Fish Ltd – traditional oak smoked kippers, salmon, fish and shellfish
Sweet Sally Cinnamon – handmade baking mix recipe jars, cinder toffee and other sweet treats
Tasty Thai Deli – thai curry pies
This Little Farmer – home baked cakes
Trotters Family Bakers – breads and rolls, cakes and cupcakes
Twist and Kick – flavoured seasonings
Tyne Wines – quality wines from small producers in the Loire, Beaujolais and the Minervois
Weeks Foods – Fairtrade and organic Zambian bark hive honey
Wheelbirks’ Ice Cream – Jersey ice cream
Wildon Grange – salad dressings and marinades
The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Company – Wensleydale, Swaledale, Ribblesdale and Cotherstone cheeses
Zen Baker – artisan hand-thrown breads and pastries
A TASTE OF THE COUNTY: held at the Northumberland County Show in association with Sintons Law and The Duke of Wellington Inn, Newton
DATE: Bank Holiday Monday, May 27th, 2013
TIMES: Gates open at 9am and show closes at 6pm
LOCATION: Bywell, near Stocksfield, Northumberland
TASTE MARQUEE: over 50 food and drink stalls & chef demos
FOR MORE INFORMATION on the Northumberland County Show, please visit www.northcountyshow.co.uk
TICKET PRICES: Bought in advance: £10 per adult, £2.50 per child (4-16), £25 family ticket. See website.
For info on The Journal's Taste food and drink marquee, please call Lesley Hampson, event manager, on 0191 201 6435, or email email@example.com