Food festival secures backing from maltsters

The Berwick Food and Beer Festival will once again be sponsored by Simpsons Malt when it returns this autumn.

Friday, 12th April 2019, 10:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th April 2019, 12:59 pm
Richard Simpson of Simpsons Malt.

The festival will take place from September 6 to 8, in and around Berwick Barracks.

Run by Berwick’s Slow Food Group, the festival has been bringing together the region’s best local producers for 12 years.

Richard Simpson, vice-chairman of Simpsons Malt, explains: “We are very proud to continue our long-standing support of the Berwick Food and Beer Festival.

“As a family-owned maltster that has operated out of Northumberland for five generations, we take great pride in playing our part in the community by supporting local projects, causes and events.

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“The Berwick Food and Beer Festival is a great community event that champions local and regional food and drink, and we are pleased to be able to support its continued success. I am very much looking forward to this year’s event.”

The opening Friday night kicks off at 5pm and will be the first chance for festival-goers to Meet the Brewers. The opening event runs until 10.30pm and will feature live music.

Festival co-director Ruth McNeely: “Every year the festival gets better and better and our 12th year promises to be a fantastic way to round off your summer.

“We will be announcing the brewers, bands and new stalls in the coming months so keep an eye on our website for updates.”

Berwick’s historic Barracks will open its gates to the public at 10am on the Saturday. There will be the usual array of stalls selling everything from cheese to seafood, basketwork to kitchen utensils. There will also be live music and dance groups performing in the courtyard and a chance to brush up on your culinary skills in the food demonstration kitchen.

Kids under 12 get free entry all weekend. The hugely popular Kids’ Fun Kitchen gives youngsters a chance to get their aprons on. Tickets for this are also free.

With all of this and the festival’s legendary food trucks rolling up for the weekend, the event is one to get in the diary.