2014 Alnwick Food Festival dates -
20th and 21st September
Thousands of visitors flocked to Alnwick for the 9th Alnwick Food Festival on the 21/22 September 2013 with celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli. More than 60 traders from across the North East, and some from further afield, sold their wares in the Market Place. A mini petting zoo was in Bondgate Within and two tons of potatoes were given away.
The weekend was hailed a huge success and organisers are now getting ready for the 10th anniversary event next year which promises to be even better.
Jean-Chrsitophe said 'It is my third year here and every year has been fantastic but this year has been exceptionally brilliant. It is on another level and has completely exceeded all expectations. The people here are so friendly and welcoming and the produce is superb. For me, the Saturday night event in the Northumberland Hall was just amazing. I have eaten in many places in the world but that was so good that I wish I could do that every weekend. David Kennedy is fantastic. He was brilliant, absolutely superb. Nick Spurr is a star and he will never be recognised enough for what he does.
I would also like to say a huge thank you to Karen Larkin. She is also a star an she has such conviction in what she does because her father set up the Food Festival. She is wonderful'
Chefs from across the North East demonstrated their talents in the Northumberland Hall in a kitchen provided by Outlook HEC. They included Hotel Indigo's Paul Amer, Close House Hotel's Simon Walsh, Bob Arora as well as Karen Wilkin from Swallow Fish at Seahouses.
There was also a display from a Marriage made in Northumberland highlighting the best venues in county for getting wed.
Carys Thomas, chairman of Alnwick Food Festival, said 'This has been our busiest and best food festival ever. We have had so many lovely compliments from visitors saying what a lovely, friendly community atmosphere the Alnwick event has.
'The challenge will be to improve on it for our 10th anniversary next year. A number of stallholders and local businesses have also praised the festival organisation which ran exceptionally smoothly which is all due to the skill, experience and sheer hard work of our festival director Karen Larkin, who created an oustandingly sucessful two-day event with a gallant band of volunteers'
If you would like to be involved in 2014 ring Karen on 07846542929 or email
words by Helen Millichamp, Senior Reporter, Northumberland Gazette