Published on September 6, 2016 | by Alastair Gilmour


Northumbrian Food and Drink Festival

Celebrating the best of local food and drink

The first Northumbrian Food and Drink Festival presented by Cheers, appetite, and The Northumbrian magazines takes over the food gateway to Hadrian’s Wall, Vallum Farm, on September 10.

The festival will serve up fantastic food, local ales and spirits, live music, demos from leading chefs and producers, and lots more, from clay pigeon shooting to bouncy castles.

In aid of Newcastle-based international aid organisation No Strings, which uses puppetry to spread life-saving messages throughout the developing world, we’ve picked out the best bits of the day here. Follow @cheers_ne on Twitter or give appetitemaguk a like on Facebook for the latest info.

Saturday September 10, 11am-5pm entry £5 per car or £2.50 per person on foot
Vallum Military Road, East Wallhouses, Newcastle, NE18 0LL


Food & Drink

Bringing together the best street food, artisan producers, chefs and industry experts from across the North East

Box Social Brewing’s Craft Beer Fire Engine will be well stocked with fantastic local ales and beer will also be on tap from Errant Brewery, while the Vallum team will be showcasing the best local gins and seasonal cocktails.

Get to grips with the best food from across the North East with burger experts Fat Hippo and Newcastle-based burrito bar Zapatista. The boys from La Petite Creperie will be creating sweet and savoury crepes, while there’s a hog roast courtesy of WMH Meats to keep you feasting throughout the day.

The packed market marquee will host more than 30 producers, from jams and chutneys courtesy of the lovely folk at Yummy Things and handmade cheese from Northumberland Cheese, to brews from Ouseburn Coffee Co and gourmet brownies from The Brownie Bar.

You can also sample the best local beers with Cheers North East magazine editor Alastair Gilmour, hear how to match wine and food with the team from Carruthers & Kent, see talented gun dogs in action, and learn the tricks of preparing game with Close House chef and game expert Craig Harvey, and get your hands on some kitchen kit at CCS’s Al Fresco Kitchen.

We’ve also got four of leading chefs showcasing their skills, with Peace & Loaf’s Dave Coulson, Rhian & Helen Cradock from The Feathers Inn at Hedley on the Hill, Martin Charlton of The Old Boathouse and the Fish Shack at Amble, and Close House head chef Craig Harvey sharing their knowledge and love of local produce.



Live music, puppet making, pony rides and bouncy castles.

The lovely folk at NARC. magazine have had their ears to the ground for months now choosing the perfect festival line-up for us. Funk behemoths King Bee will headline the event, alongside top blues act Lomax, country and roots from Chloe Chadwick and folky sounds from Shipcote & Friends.

There are also activities for kids of all ages from bouncy castles and face painting to pony and tractor rides around the farm.

The grown ups will enjoy trying their hands at clay pigeon shooting or their feet at foot golf.



The team from No Strings International will be showcasing their puppet making skills and offering the chance to give it a go. They’ll also be screening their life-saving films, which have been seen in countries around the world. Find out more about them at www.nostrings.org.uk


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