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Taste of The North, Market Square & Bondgate Within

Alnwick’s Taste of the North week-end on 23rd and 24th June is now an established feature of Northumberland’s summer festival calendar. This year’s programme promises a feast for all the senses.

Event Manager, Graeme Nicholson says: “At the heart of our ‘taste’ menu is a celebration of local food and drink. I am very keen that we support local producers and local street food vendors. Amongst the 50 stalls in the Market Place there will be some great flavours and savoury treats not to be missed including new to Alnwick Market Place Longhorn Smokehouse BBQ as well as local favourites, Mivesi. Our Saturday Market with all of our weekly regulars will be stretched out along Bondgate Within with fresh food, flowers, household goods and more crafts and jewellery. Where else would you want to be this weekend?”

Ken Henderson of Produced in Northumberland adds: “We have just returned from a visit to the Houses of Parliament where we showcased the fantastic food and drink made by our own Northumberland producers and the impact of food tourism on the local economy to MP’s and Peers.   A number of our members will have stalls in Alnwick this weekend, and I will be there promoting the ‘Produced in Northumberland’ Scheme which verifies that their food and drink products are made in Northumberland.  I will also be encouraging local businesses and residents to take pride in the rich variety of food produce to be found in the county and for them to sell, serve of buy such goods. Look out for the Produced in Northumberland branding that clearly identifies our members”.

“Shakespeare describes music as the food love, so we have music to charm you as you browse the market stalls,” says Philip Angier, Alnwick Markets Chair.

Alnwick Mayor, Alan Symmonds, adds: “The town comes alive when the Market Square is buzzing. I am very pleased that the Town Council is continuing its support for A Taste of the North. The Town Council is in the process of reviewing its town centre priorities. Events which help to draw more shoppers and visitors into the centre of town and to showcase Alnwick at its best have got to be good for our local economy. I am also delighted to be welcoming back the Bryne School Band from our twin town, Time. We are also delighted to welcome back the popular Kevi Steel Band”. 

“Taste of the North is a family event. We have our friends from Old English Falconry with their birds of prey and the charming Barnacre alpacas, “ says Melanie Corn, Marketing and Promotions Officer. There will be demonstrations of traditional crafts with Anne Turnbull, demonstrating basketry and feltwork on Saturday and Rob Turner demonstrating wood-turning on Sunday.

However, one of the thrills of the week-end programme is the visit on Saturday of the Help for Heroes Charity Motorcycle Cavalcade. The roar of score of gleaming Harley Davidson motorbikes echoes right around the town centre, and the spectacle as they stream into town is quite unique. A Taste of the North is truly a feast for all the senses – sounds, sights, smells street food cooking, flavours sweet and savoury, and friendly animals and birds to touch and stroke. And if your feet our weary, there are benches and tables around the Market Place at which to rest and relish the whole experience.

Jannick Genouw of A Taste of Northumbria adds: “We are very pleased to be part of the Taste of the North week-end. Part of the enjoyment of visiting an area so rich in tradition as Northumberland is to sample local produce during your stay and to take away a reminder of the experience with some local food and drink. I am sure that it is going to be a busy week-end and a great chance to show our pride in our local produce.”

Visitors to the event will also receive a free copy of Alnwick’s Good Food Guide, an initiative of the Chamber of Trade which has proved very popular since it was launched in March. Linda Wood-Mitchell, who co-ordinated the guide, says: “We want both visitors to the town and local residents to know about the huge choice local cafes, bars and restaurants around the town from quick service take-aways to atmospheric pubs and restaurants in which to enjoy a leisurely meal – many serving dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Northumberland is bristling with hard-working local entrepreneurs wanting to give customers the best possible visitor experience. I hope those attending Taste of the North will use their Good Food Guides to come back and enjoy food and drink in Alnwick again and again.”

“You can find out more about the full programme of events for Taste of the North on our Facebook page, AlnwickTasteoftheNorth or by visiting our Event section on the website, click here.



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