Festival fun for younger foodies is on the cards

Once again, Berwick Food and Beer Festival has confirmed that younger foodies will have a special place at the event.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 2:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:02 pm
Face-painting at last year's Berwick Food Festival.
Face-painting at last year's Berwick Food Festival.

From competitions and treasure hunts to crafts, cookery and storytelling, there will be plenty to keep children entertained.

Organised by the town’s Slow Food Group, from September 3 to 4, and sponsored by Simpsons Malt, the festival, held in Berwick’s historic Barracks, showcases food and drink from the North East and Scotland and is designed to appeal to all ages.

Joint festival director Ruth McNeely said: “Passing on food knowledge between different generations is very much at the heart of the Slow Food movement. Consequently, it’s important for us to offer activities to allow children to connect with how their food is grown and produced. Equally we offer all these activities free of charge.”

Children’s events will take place in and around the festival site.

In the Officers’ Mess, there will be a chance to make sweet and savoury mug cakes and fruit kebabs as well as crafting and storytelling with a foodie twist for three to 10-year-olds.

Outside in the main parade ground, there will be a treasure trail around the stalls and animal exhibits linking the Food Festival and the Gymnasium Gallery’s The Tree, the Caterpillar and the Butterfly, an interactive exhibition featuring a garden full of birds, butterflies and growing foods.

And the Gallery Exhibition will not be the only link between food and art, as during the summer term, a number of schools in the Berwick area have been busy creating their own artwork.

Working with Berwick Visual Arts, the festival has been encouraging pupils to take an interest in the production and growing of food with a competition where classes depict their own ideas on growing of vegetables, fruit and grains.

The schools taking part are St Mary’s CE First School, Spittal First School, St. Cuthbert’s RC Voluntary Aided First School and Scremerston First School.

All the entries will be displayed in the Children’s Area in the Barracks during the Festival with the winners announced and prizes from Berwick Garden Centre awarded on the Sunday morning.