Rich food heritage is on the menu

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Efforts to promote the rich food heritage of the Berwick area have been stepped up by the Mouth of the Tweed group.

An open drop-in was held on Monday for tourism businesses to find out more about its aims and about the availability of locally-sourced food and drink.

Doddington Dairy's latest rhubarb ice cream. Jackie Maxwell and her daughter.

Doddington Dairy's latest rhubarb ice cream. Jackie Maxwell and her daughter.

It was also an opportunity to pick up leaflets and gather information about local food producers, food-related attractions and shops and eating places where you can find food and drink sourced within a 16 mile radius of Berwick.

Mouth of the Tweed is a voluntary association of local businesses, community groups and other organisations interested in helping promote the area’s economy by developing and promoting our rich heritage of producing food and drink, today and in the past.

Derek Sharman, one of the organisers of the drop-in session said: “The Mouth of the Tweed initiative is even more relevant following the recent news of the closure of Heatherslaw Bakery with the loss of some two dozen jobs.

“The bakery supplied many local shops and guest houses with a distinctive local product that enabled visitors to take away a taste of north Northumberland.

During the last year Mouth of the Tweed has staged the second successful Mouth of the Tweed Festival, produced a “Food Explorer’s Guide” to the area and enabled the revival of Tweed boat trips from the landing stage at Berwick Quayside, with support from the Berwick Town Team and Berwick Harbour Commission.

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