We nipped over to the Wallington Hall Food and Craft fair on Saturday. I was pleased to see the popularity of these events remains strong.
I really enjoyed chatting to some of the producers who’ve gone out on a limb and set up in business or changed their structure to sell direct to the public.
http://www.northumberlandpoultry.co.uk/ was one, who specialise in organic free range produce (and probable source of the Xmas turkey this year) as do http://www.deer-n-dexter.co.uk/, who specialised in the small Dexter cattle breed and organic deer. Another was selling Alpaca meat which was a first for me. Might leave that for another day though….
There were many others though and I signed up for @tastenortheast information who supplied with the names of plenty of regional producers I was unaware of.
The chocolate and cake stalls were popular as ever, we got some salted rocky road which was delicious, and I couldn’t leave without buying the obligatory chilli sauce that will sit at the back of the cupboard with the rest.
Shame the ‘food court’ comprised three ‘Divine’ branded vans, a large catering chain. The food, invariably, doesn’t live up to it’s ambitious name and it’s a pity smaller independent caterers weren’t there.
Still, it was a nice day out. It’s Durham Food Festival next week, and more chilli sauce for me no doubt……
We can throughly recommend Northumberland Poultry, apart from the Nellesses being wonderful neighbours we have sampled their fantastic poultry on a number of occasions. We have sourced our Christmas Turkey from them for the last few years and they are unbelievably good. Last years was hand delivered on a quad bike due to the snow blocking the road!
Derry & Judith Green, Northumberland
Thanks for visiting and for the recommendation! In fact, you’ve just reminded me and I’m placing my order! Phil.