Talk & Taste Sessions

This year’s event will include a series of interactive sessions to learn more about the art of bread-making, gourmet chocolate, cheese and wine tasting, and cocktails. The recipe for each Talk and Taste session will be a food or drink expert sharing their passion for their craft, with plenty of opportunity for those in the audience to get involved, to taste and to ask questions and with something to take away after the experience.

The sessions are ticketed with a small charge to cover the cost of the produce shared and consumed.Those attending each session will receive a take-away bag/vouchers worth at least 50% of the admission price (except for the Charity Cream Tea where there will be a raffle prize).


Booking details and a full description of each session below

Saturday 16th September

Sunday 17th September

11:30 – 12:30

The secret of a good bake

Top tips and tasty treats from a popular artisan baker                    


Michael Oswald,   Earth and Fire

13:30 – 14:30

Chocolate!! – Become your own chocolatier for an hour and indulge


Bev Stephenson, North Chocolates

12:30 – 13:30

Spicy Bangladeshi Cuisine

 Blending herbs and spices for an authentic Asian curry


Amina Begum             Mivesi

15:30 – 16:30                                       The Alnwick Cocktail Hour

Unwind in style by sampling cocktails with a distinctly local flavour



Sophie Hall,      Alnwick Treehouse

15:30 – 16:30


supporting HospiceCare North Northumberland

You can book for any of these session on our Eventbrite page – click here

Places are limited so early booking is recommended


Secrets of a Good BakeDemonstration by Mike Oswald of Earth & Fire – Ticket Price – £5:00

Earth & Fire, a regular at Alnwick Farmers’ Market and the Food Festival, have a wood-fired bakery at the National Trust Gibside estate. Combining the mastery of wood-fired baking with knowledge of the best ingredients from the locality they produce such delights as herb focaccias, flavoured bread, blackberry Bakewell tarts and succulent sausage rolls. Learn some of the secrets of a good bake and sample some of their mouth-watering creations.

Chocolate!! – Demonstration by Bev Stevenson of North Chocolate – Ticket Price – £5:00

North Chocolate’s awarding-winning hand-made speciality local chocolate has been described as “more desirable than world peace”.? This session will offer you the opportunity to become your own chocolatier under the expert guidance of North Chocolates Bev Stephenson.

Bev Stephenson says: “Taking part in local festivals is always special to us.. In my session I will be showing participants how to make a variety of chocolate truffles using little more than a pan, greaseproof paper and the odd spatula. You can join in the rolling, the decorating and, best of all, the eating!”

Alnwick Cocktail Hour – Demonstration by Sophie Hall, Alnwick Treehouse – Ticket Price – £10:00

Our Saturday programme concludes with a master-class in cocktail making which will entertain and leave you with a warm and mellow feeling at the end of the hour at the end of a busy day at the Festival. The demonstration will features to iconic local spirits – Alnwick Gin and Alnwick Rum – quality local creations with pleasingly distinctive local flavours.

 Spicy Bangladeshi Cuisine – Demonstration by Amina Begum of Mivesi – Ticket Price – £3:00

Local Chef, Amina Begum from Alnwick restaurant, Mivesi, will share her lifetime’s knowledge of traditional Bangladeshi cuisine, and how to blend herbs and spices to create the perfect Asian curry. Included in the price of the session is a jar of Mivesi’s authentic Asian spice infusions.

Charity Cream Tea in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland – Ticket Price – £10:00

 This finale event is a fund-raiser for our local Hospice Care service and one of the best loved charities. The teas and coffees have been kindly presented by Pumphreys and all of the scones, cakes and tea-time fancies donated by local cafes and bakeries – so that all of the proceeds from this event go to HospiceCare. Support this good cause and ‘put the cherry on the cake’ of your Festival experience with a traditional cream tea.