Cheers to a great event

Berwick Food and Beer Festival is celebrating a bumper year with a record number of visitors attending this year’s event, which took place over the first weekend of September.

Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 09:27 am
Updated Thursday, 19th September 2019, 14:55 pm
There were a range of stalls at the festival. Picture by Alan Hughes.

An estimated 7,000 people flowed through the gates to browse 99 food and drink stalls and those who came along also had the option to mingle in the Simpsons Malt marquee to a backdrop of live music.

The Straw Yard, which was open to visitors for the first time, hosted the Radio Rooms stall and some intriguing foodie short films including The 10 Most Dangerous Foods in the World and a guide on foraging samphire.

The festival weekend is family-friendly – this year, young visitors put their food knowledge to the test, guessing ingredients by smell and touch in the Kids’ Kitchen.

They also made smoothies, lunch boxes and sampled homemade soup.

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Kitchen gadgetry, alpacas, oysters and Armenian delicacies were also to be discovered at the 2019 event.

Festival co-directors Ruth and Maurice McNeely were delighted with how things went.

They added: “We have valued the support from the Berwick Slow Food committee – a band of foodies passionate about promoting ‘good, clean and fair food’ and Berwick as a tourism food destination.

“Also the support from the fantastic traders, many of whom we’ve known for 12 years.

“In addition, we’ve benefitted from the tremendous skills of our local community such as Brian from the Music Gallery, Wayne and Mike from PFL, Lee our electrician and Stevie, who supplies the stalls, to mention a few.”

A group of generous sponsors underpin the festival’s success.

They are as follows: Simpsons Malt, Silvery Tweed, Shunters, Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Council, Berwick Chamber of Trade, JT Doves, Greaves West & Ayre, Rennie Welch and Elmbank Coastal Park.

The event’s commitment to sustainability has seen plastic water bottles phased out and there is already an intention to further reduce single-use plastic at the 2020 festival.

The Simpsons Malt marquee rounded off the weekend with a jam session from local musicians.

More pictures and information, including the announcement of the new co-directors, is in this week’s Berwick Advertiser – out now.