Tea and cake a plenty at open day

The Lindisfarne Ltd team who are planning an open day to launch new products

The Lindisfarne Ltd team who are planning an open day to launch new products

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Visitors to Holy Island this weekend will be the first to sample cakes made to exclusive recipes using some of the region’s iconic drinks.

An Open Day on Saturday (August 16) at St Aidan’s Winery, the home of Lindisfarne Mead, will launch the arrival of the cakes and the well-known Northumberland Tea.

The cakes have been developed especially for Lindisfarne Ltd by This Little Farmer, the Alnwick company set up by Trish Charlton, that uses local produce and family recipes.

The new recipes are for a gingerbread using Lindisfarne Ginger Wine; a marmalade orange flapjack incorporating the Orange Liqueur; Lindisfarne Tiffin, made with the St Aidan’s Cream Liqueur and a chocolate rum brownie that includes Alnwick Rum.

“This all started when Lindisfarne suggested I create a fruit cake using their Mead and it proved so popular that it has been flying off the shelves,” Trish explained.

“I was delighted when I was asked to develop more recipes using iconic Lindisfarne and Alnwick brands.

“Northumberland produces a whole range of wonderful food and drinks and it is great to work with them and see them being promoted to visitors from all over the world. We will have samples of everything for people to try on Saturday and I am looking forward to talking to the visitors.”

The Lindisfarne Winery’s 11-strong team produces 75,000 bottles of mead annually as well as liqueurs, fruit wines and confectionery.

Director Ian Robinson said: “This open day is part of our plan to develop the shop further and promote the wonderful produce being made in the region to our many visitors. We also provide an outlet for local crafts that we plan to expand.”

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