Celebration of local produce on the quayside

Berwick's historic quayside will again be the setting for the annual Mouth of the Tweed Festival.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 12 July, 2018, 14:55
Mouth of the Tweed Festival 2017 Picture by Jane Coltman

This is the seventh annual celebration of the food and drink sourced from both sides of the border within a 16-mile radius of Berwick.

The festival, on Thursday, July 16, is an opportunity for local people and visitors to discover the wide variety and excellent quality of produce that comes from our local farms, fields, rivers and coastal waters.

As usual, more than a dozen stalls will be selling a wide range of high quality produce including organic meat and charcuterie, flours and grains from Northumberland’s only water-powered corn mill, farm-made cheeses made from cows’ and goats’ milk, honey, jams and preserves.

Visitors can also enjoy tasty burgers made from prime Aberdeen Angus beef raised on a Berwick farm, locally-roasted coffee and real ales on tap from Spittal’s own micro-brewery.

Among the new products on sale this year will be succulent homemade marshmallows in a variety of flavours.

Alongside the producers’ stalls, there will be an information stand and display illustrating the heritage of salmon netting on the River Tweed. Another attraction during the day will be the activities of the salmon fishermen working with their traditional cobles and nets at the last commercial salmon fishery on the Tweed.

During the day, visitors to the festival will be entertained by talented young local musicians from the Small Hall Band performing on traditional acoustic instruments.

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The range of locally-sourced food and drink on offer from the stalls at the Quayside festival and all-year-round in the cafés and restaurants in Berwick and the surrounding district illustrates the important role in the local economy played by farming, fishing and the producing, processing and selling of food and drink.

The festival is open to the public from 11am until 4pm and admission is free.

Mouth of the Tweed is a voluntary organisation comprising over 70 businesses and organisations located within a 16 mile radius of Berwick that share a common interest in celebrating, developing and promoting the food and drink heritage of the area, today and in the past.

Its members range from Simpsons Malt, Britain’s largest family-owned maltsters and one of the town’s biggest employers, to Spittal Improvement Trust that owns the 18th century salmon-fishermen’s shiel in Sandstell Road, as well as producers, shops, restaurants and cafes that are committed to offering locally-sourced food and drink.

From its first year, the Mouth of the Tweed Festival has been held on the same day as the Crowning of the Tweedmouth Salmon Queen, which takes place at 7pm in Queen’s Garden, West End.

This association between the two events emphasises the central role of the Tweed in linking the communities on each side of the river and on both sides of the border, and importance of the area’s unrivalled heritage of producing food and drink in the history of Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal.

The festival organisers with to thank the individuals and organisations such as Cittaslow Berwick and the Berwick Slow Food Group whose active support has ensured the success of the event over recent years and which is vital to its continuation into the future.