Rothbury Food and Craft Festival 2017: local produce from local traders

We spent a sunny bank holiday Monday in the picturesque Coquet Valley, at Rothbury’s 9th Food and Craft Festival.  This was a busy festival – food lovers had turned out in their hundreds to visit!

There was a good mix of street food stalls and a marquee full of delicious smells, excitable chatter, and local food producers.

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We’ve written here about some of our personal favourites and highlights from our visit!

At The Northumberland Cheese Company‘s stall we got chatting about our love of goat’s cheese, and sampled a few different chunks.  There was a huge variety on offer, all of which were extremely tasty, but eventually we settled upon Brinkburn and Elsdon as our favourites – if you love goat’s cheese you need to try these!

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We LOVE spice, and after the creaminess of the cheese we found the perfect place to visit next – Wiga Wagaa Chilli’s, where we were guided through the different pastes, sauces, and oils.  We left the food festival with their chilli jam and have since been using this on just about everything!  It’s also worth trying the GarOkra Pickle – pretty different but very tasty, it goes really well with curries and poppadum!

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Time for some meat?  We were very impressed with the samples on offer at The Northumberland Sausage Company, who were busy frying up their delights for everyone to try all day long.  The smell coming from their corner of the marquee was amazing.  We recommend trying their chilli sizzlers (I know, more spice!), or for something a bit more herby and equally as tasty give their tomato and basil bangers a try.

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Time for dessert?  I think so!  We loved our rocky road waffle from The Waffle Co, who had a busy little trailer outside.  It was very tasty and also very filling! There was a good variety of other waffles on their menu, which did make choosing very difficult!

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It was difficult not to miss Ellie’s Cupcake Kitchen with their scrumptious-looking stand full of beautifully-constructed delights!  After lots of debating, we settled on our flavours: caramel shortbread, Jammie Dodger, lemon, and Ferrero Rocher.  There were so many others to choose from, but to be honest we don’t feel any choice would have been a bad one here.

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It’s always nice to have a coffee (or tea if you prefer) with cake and we absolutely loved Canny Coffees, a converted horse box serving delicious fairtrade teas and coffees with a smile!  It was extremely fun and quirky, and was drawing a huge queue.  If you spot them at a festival or an event – give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!

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Thanks Rothbury for a really tasty time!  We can’t wait for the next Food and Craft Festival!

 

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