Businesses get behind Berwick Food Festival

Berwick Food and Beer Festival has announced local maltster Simpsons Malt will once again be the headline sponsor for the annual event.

Friday, 1st June 2018, 10:31 am
Richard Simpson of Simpsons Malt.

Thousands of visitors attended last year’s festival, snapping up a range of local produce from more than 80 stalls or enjoying a drink or two in the beer marquee.

The 2018 festival weekend kicks off with the Meet the Brewers opening event in the main marquee on The Parade on August 31. The main festival then runs over the weekend of September 1-2.

Berwick Food and Beer Festival is run by Berwick’s Slow Food Group and for the last 11 years has been bringing together the region’s best local producers.

Simpsons Malt is one of the UK’s largest producers of malt, supplying some of the biggest beer and whisky producers around the world.

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Proud of its Berwick heritage, Simpsons Malt is a keen supporter of local initiatives such as the Food and Beer Festival.

Speaking about the support of the festival, vice chairman of Simpsons Malt, Richard Simpson explained: “We are delighted to get behind the Berwick Food and Beer Festival for another year.

“Being part of an event that celebrates local, quality produce is right up our street and something we are very passionate about.

“Simpsons Malt proudly support local-made produce and the successes of our local area, as we produce some of the finest malt which comes from barley grown in nearby fields and is then exported around the world.”

Ruth McNeely, joint festival director, said that local support was very important to the festival.

“We are working hard to make our 11th festival another brilliant weekend of food, drink and entertainment – a celebration the best of local produce,” she said.

“As a voluntary organisation, we rely upon the support of local businesses such as Simpsons Malt and we are very thankful to them.

“We would also like to thank our other sponsors to date: Silvery Tweed; Rennie Welch; Greaves West & Ayre; Berwick Chamber of Trade; and Berwick Town Council.

“Without such strong local support, the Food and Beer Festival simply couldn’t continue.”

Visitors to this year’s festival can expect the usual array of food and produce stalls at Berwick’s historic Barracks. There will also be plenty of live music to keep the crowds entertained and of course the festival’s legendary food trucks.

The demonstration kitchen will also be returning and for younger visitors there is the Kids’ Fun Kitchen.

This year, youngsters (aged three to five) will have the chance to create their own Peter Rabbit picnic boxes.

The opening night is a chance to toast the start of the festival with local artisan brewers from 5pm to 10pm.

The beer tent will see favourites such as Bear Claw and Hetton Law rub shoulders with Thistly Cross Cider and Berwick’s own wine bar, Pier Red.

This year’s opening event will be particularly lively as there will be an early evening ceilidh staged in conjunction with The Maltings Theatre and the Great Exhibition of the North. More details on this exciting collaboration will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The Berwick Food and Beer Festival takes place at The Barracks, Berwick.

Opening event: Meet the Brewers, Friday, August 31, 5pm -10.30pm.

Main event: Saturday & Sunday, September 1-2 from 10am-5pm.

The beer marquee will be open until midnight on September 1 and 6pm on September 2.

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