Savour the flavour with our local foodie festivals
September. A chance to celebrate the food that surrounds us during a month where the countryside, harvest and local producers take centre stage; where we indulge in an abundance of allotment and garden-grown produce and hedgerows are brimming with eagerly awaited dark, juicy berries.
With a smashing food festival taking place in our local area every weekend for the next five weeks, this month is the prime time to tantalise your taste buds and expand your culinary horizons with local foodie escapades and all-round autumnal jollity.
Berwick Food and Beer Festival | Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland
Entering its 12th year, the Berwick Food and Beer Festival is organised by Berwick Slow Food, a network of local people and producers who simply love good food. With their value of local traditions and artisan producers, you are assured that the foodie offering here will be seasonal, environmentally sound and delicious. Enjoy myriad food stalls, a demo kitchen, kids kitchen, 13 street food companies for rumbly tummies, local brewers in the beer marquee plus a musical line up across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September | www.berwickfoodandbeerfestival.co.uk/
Great British Food Festival at Floors Castle | Kelso, Scottish Borders
Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland which sits just upriver from our C&C office in Kelso, once again welcomes the Great British Food Festival to is grounds this month, providing a spectacular backdrop to two days of culinary delights. With local food producers, foraging walks, the Bake Stage where you could try your hand at baking alongside a Bake Off star, a popular Cake Off (enter online beforehand and take your cakes along on the day), thirst quenching bars, chef demos, a BBQ stage, live music and more.
Sat 14th – Sun 15th September | www.floorscastle.com
Alnwick Food Festival | Alnwick, Northumberland
The annual Alnwick Food Festival returns this September following a raving success in 2018, dubbed ‘the feeding of the 25,000’ by the organisers! The festival purposefully coincides with harvest time, a natural time to celebrate locally produced food. Visit the lovely historic market town of Alnwick, home to Alnwick Castle and the Duke of Northumberland, where you’ll find the food festival in Market Square, the regular Saturday Street Market, live music, street entertainment (hello Punch & Judy!), plus the all new Kidz Zone with two days of fun activities, shows and interactive workshops.
Sat 21st – Sun 22nd September | www.alnwickfoodfestival.co.uk/
Canteen Street Food Festival | Archerfield Walled Garden, East Lothian
One of Scotland’s leading street food festivals creates a family-friendly carnival atmosphere within a beautiful 18th century walled garden! This month, the final event of the year, focussing on ‘Closing Party’ with some of this year’s most popular traders making a return appearance. Keep an eye on their event page as the attending traders are revealed through the month. Their resident DJs set the soundtrack with onsite activities ranging from giant garden games to Archerfield Walled Garden’s famous Fairy Trail. The open-air cocktail bar and monthly surprises complete a fun day out for foodies and families looking for a day out in the countryside.
Saturday 28th September | www.archerfieldwalledgarden.com/whatson/canteen-street-food-festival-september
Morpeth Food and Drink Festival | Morpeth, Northumberland
Running on the first weekend in October to coincide with the town’s local farmers market, this popular festival grows year on year and focuses on a wide range of quality food and drink, with over 100 traders to choose from. Sample the dedicated street food quarter and the secluded drinking area for a crisp glass of prosecco accompanied by live music. This year the Town Hall will be transformed into The Vegan Hall and, pleasingly, they have banned single-use plastic bags, providing traders with paper bags and encouraging attendees to bring bags or purchase their cotton bags.
Sat 5th – Sun 6th October | More details here