Tasty treats to be served by the Tweed

The sixth Mouth of the Tweed Festival takes place on Berwick's historic quayside and in the adjacent courtyard of the YHA Dewar's Lane Granary on Thursday, July 20.

Sunday, 16th July 2017, 8:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 7:46 am
Mouth of the Tweed festival 2016 Doddington Dairy stall was doing a good trade

This annual event is a celebration of the produce that comes from our rivers and coastal waters and the farms and fields on both sides of the Border, within a 16-mile radius of Berwick.

More than a dozen stalls will be selling a wide range of produce including Berwick shellfish, crab and lobster, organic meat and charcuterie, ice-creams and sorbets, Heatherslaw Mill flours and cereals, artisan breads baked in a wood-fired oven, farm-made cheeses made from cows’ and goats’ milk, organic free range eggs, honey, jams and preserves.

Visitors can also enjoy a barbecue featuring prime Aberdeen Angus beefburgers, locally-roasted coffee and real ales on tap from Spittal’s own micro-brewery.

Alongside the producers’ stalls there will be an information stand from the Berwick Slow Food Group and a display illustrating salmon netting on the River Tweed.

During the day, talented young local musicians from the Small Hall Band will entertain visitors to the Festival with tunes performed on traditional acoustic instruments.

Mayor Gregah Roughead, will be attending the festival to visit each of the stalls and talk to the producers

The wide range of locally-sourced produce on offer during the event on the Quayside and throughout the year in the cafés, restaurants and pubs in Bridge Street, Sandgate, Hide Hill and West Street illustrates the important role played in the local economy by farming and fishing and the producing, processing and selling of food and drink.

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 cafés that are committed to offering locally-sourced food and drink.

The festival has always been held on the same day as the crowning of the Tweedmouth Salmon Queen. The aim is to emphasise the role played by the Tweed in linking the communities on each side of the river and the central role played by the salmon industry and the heritage of producing food and drink in the history of the town.

The festival organisers wish to thank the individuals and organisations such as Cittaslow Berwick and the Berwick Slow Food Group whose active support makes this annual event such a success. Mouth of the Tweed also appreciates the participation of YHA Berwick, who kindly allow the use of the Granary courtyard and access to power supply and toilet facilities.

A recent generous contribution of £250 from Berwick Chamber of Trade will enable Mouth of the Tweed to continue to promote the area’s unique food and drink heritage with some new initiatives in the coming months.

The festival is open from 11am until 4pm and admission is free of charge.