It was no accident that Alnwick was voted the Best Place to Live in Britain by Country Life Magazine in 2002.
The citation went on to describe Alnwick as "best for beauty, for community, for affordability and quality of life".
Earlier this year Alnwick scooped a further prestigious award - Bondgate Within was voted Britain's Best Shopping Street in a survey conducted by Google - see press coverage.
The market town of Alnwick lies in the heart of the dramatic, rural county of Northumberland. Its origins lie in feudal times, and the townscape bears witness to importance as the historic county town of Northumberland.
Alnwick Food Festival takes place in the ancient Market Place which has served the town since the 1500’s, and in the adjacent Northumberland Hall which dates from the early 19th century. The Art & Craft and Community Markets take place in the award-winning Bondgate Within. The Beer Festival takes place in the 18th century Town Hall whose steps lead up from the Market Place.
Alnwick's first castle was built on the banks of the River Aln in the 11th century. Nowadays the castle has become internationally famous as one of the locations used in the Harry Potter films as Hogwart's School. It also appears in the films, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, and Elizabeth.
The castle was restored in the mid-19th century by Robert Adam, and stands magnificently in grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. Part of those grounds, has been recently transformed by the Duchess of Northumberland into The Alnwick Garden.
In the shadow of the castle ramparts, spanning the River Aln is the Lion Bridge on which stands the Percy Lion, the emblem of the Percy family, with its straight tail. It has provided the inspiration for the Alnwick Food Festival mascot.
Alnwick district stretches from the stunning, yet bleak, Cheviot Hills and the Northumberland National Park to the beautiful Heritage Coast, with its cracking, sandy beaches, coves and quaint fishing villages.
Alnwick offers something for everyone, and if you're coming to Alnwick Food Festival, you would not regret exploring for a few days.