Food festivals are always full of interesting characters. I had a long chat with Mandy the Macaroon lady about her hand made product and balancing the sweetness of the chewy meringue with the zestiness of a lemon. Including lemon in this sweet treat gives it that fruity ‘five a day’ feel – could it scrape into the healthy snack bracket? I think not. Cuddy Duck hand made chocolates include such fascinating flavours as sesame seed and wasabe, and grapefruit and pepper chocolate. Curiouser and curiouser. You could even buy your own chocolate golden ticket to the chocolate factory!
|The Bellman belts it out|
The Town Crier was there of course.
|A Guaranteed winner!|
|Choosing chocolate chore|
Other interesting possibilities included the hottest chillies in the world which were for sale, three for a pound. Quite how you could prove this claim, I’m not sure.
|Pain for a pound|
Other entertainment in the market place included an impressive fire juggler. He had come all the way from Bournemouth on the South Coast, which is a bit like coming from the planet Galifrey if you live in Alnwick, North Northumberland . He was awfully good though, and in between tricks with his fire stick he promoted the Scandinavian speed chopping device on the nearby stall.
You really can’t beat the taste of home made food. The big supermarkets have become so much a part of the fabric of British life that small local producers are becoming rarer and rarer. The Alnwick food festival is fighting back against our culture of Coco pops, Pot noodle and microwave meals..O Yay!
|Bustling Alnwick Food Festival 2012|