Foodie festival is a success

Cramlington Foodie Festival at Manor Walks.
Cramlington Foodie Festival at Manor Walks.

Foodies from across the region turned out in force for the Cramlington Foodie Festival at the weekend, which returned for its second year at Manor Walks.

The festival celebrated the outstanding quality of food we have in the north east on Saturday, offering visitors the chance to browse and sample tasty treats from food producers from across the region.

Cramlington Foodie Festival at Manor Walks.

Cramlington Foodie Festival at Manor Walks.

Popular local food traders attending the festival included Mad Jam Woman, Mini Macaron, Northumberland Sausage Company, The Fudge Parlour, Lottie McPhee’s Cupcakes and Gubeon Range.

A selection of Manor Walks’ retailers also served up some delicious food at the day-long festival, including M&S Simply Food, Dicksons and Curiously Wicked.

Budding bakers were encouraged to bring along their best batch of homemade scones to be taste-tested by a panel of judges. Daren Price, from Cramlington, with his cherry scones proved to be a favourite with the judges, winning a £100 gift card from M&S Simply Food. Daren has baked on and off for years, but has only been baking scones for the past two months so was thrilled with his win.

Throughout the day Frankie & Benny’s and ‘Pub n Grill’ cooked up summer classics on the festival’s demonstration kitchen, giving shoppers the chance to watch, learn and get involved with the making of the dishes during the cooking sessions.

Bruno Coppola, general manager at Manor Walks, said: “The Cramlington Foodie Festival is one of the highlights of our calendar as we love to see visitors enjoying the wide range of food stalls, craft stalls and activities and performances we provide.

“It was great to celebrate the quality of the food produced right here in the north east with our eateries, retailers and some of the region’s best-known food suppliers.

“We hope that our loyal customers had the chance to taste something new and picked up some culinary tips to inspire their summer cooking.”