Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shoppers Taste the Flavours of Our Region; Metrocentre Hosts Major Food Festival

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shoppers Taste the Flavours of Our Region; Metrocentre Hosts Major Food Festival

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Byline: Katharine Capocci

FLAVOURS of the North East were on offer to visitors to a food festival at the weekend.

The Taste at the Metrocentre event served as a showcase for some of the region's finest artisan food producers and suppliers.

Some 35 stallholders and a host of chef demonstrations attracted thousands of visitors over the two days in the Metrocentre's town square, outside the House of Fraser store.

There were foods on sale from the likes of Durham Venison and Game, hand-made cheeses from Northumberland Cheese Company, desserts from Proof of the Pudding in Northumberland, award-winning ice creams and sorbets from Beckleberry's in Gateshead and fresh veg from Brocksbushes near Corbridge.

The food extravaganza, organised by The Journal and sponsored by Metrocentre, was held in support of our "buy, use, eat local" campaign.

Liz Palmer of The Gingerbread Mam, based in Norton, Stockton, did roaring trade with her bakery produce and ginger wine.

She sold so much on the Saturday she was back in the kitchen yesterday morning replenishing supplies of her parkins, ginger pokey and ginger syrup sponge puds.

Liz said: "It's been brilliant, really buzzing.

It's great to have a good collection of stallholders and the cookery demonstrations are really drawing the crowds in. "It's all about promoting North East produce - and it's lovely to be part of it."

Noel Jeremiah, who was staffing the Northumberland Cheese Company stall, said the Blagdon-based cheese farm's produce had sold extremely well.

He said: "I sold about 250 wedges of cheese on the Saturday, and today's also going very well. The oak-smoked cheese has been the big seller and the Elsdon goat's cheese."

Chef demonstrations in the mobile kitchen also drew big crowds of hungry visitors, keen to pick up tips and sample some of the spoils that were dished out afterwards. …

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