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Stockton set for first ever Food Festival

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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This release has been issued on behalf of Stockton Farmers' Market

Foodie fans have a tasty treat coming up at the first ever Stockton Food Festival on Saturday 26 September.

The town’s revamped High Street will be buzzing on a day packed full of fun for all the family, with good local food tickling the tastebuds all day long.

Budding local bakers will have a chance to shine at the Festival’s very own Cake Competition, TV chef Peter Sidwell will be making a welcome Teesside return after wowing the crowds at Saltburn Food Festival last month – and one local foodie in particular can’t wait for the day to come around.

Liz Ramshaw – otherwise known as The Gingerbread Mam - has lovingly brought her grandmother’s traditional recipes back to life at home in Norton.

And her range of home-made ginger goodies has proved a big hit at Farmers’ Markets and foodie events all over the North East and North Yorkshire, as well as taking pride of place in Fenwick’s upmarket Newcastle store.

Liz said: “This looks like it’s going to be a fantastic day. I love travelling across the region and being part of so many markets and events, but Stockton is definitely where the heart is.

“I grew up here, still live here, and I absolutely love the place. So it’s a real thrill to be part of the town’s first Food Festival, and I can’t wait to get cracking on the day itself.”

TV Chef & baking judge Peter Sidwell, author of the popular Simply Good cookbooks, will be cooking up a treat with some top tips for a late summer BBQ – and helping to pick the winners amongst the Festival’s budding bakers.

Peter said: “I had such a good time at Saltburn last month, so I jumped at the chance when I was asked if I fancied coming to Stockton.

“I love being part of Festivals like this – days that really help celebrate the best local food around and help people to get cooking.

“I’ll be coming with an empty stomach and an open mind, so let’s see what we can cook up on the day.”

And there’s still time for budding local bakers to take part in the Festival’s Cake Competition.

Farmers Market organiser Lorna Jackson said: “We’d love to give the best local baking talent the chance to shine at the Festival, so we’d love to hear from anyone who fancies having a go.

“It could be a traditional cake, a cupcake, anything you like really. It could be a design based on a famous Stockton landmark or made using local ingredients.

“And, as Stockton is a Fairtrade borough, it would be great to see cakes made with Fairtrade ingredients.

“But we’re completely open minded and the choice is yours. So, whether you’re a professional baker or simply have a passion for cooking, all you have to do is give us a call on 01642 527385 or drop us a line at [email protected] and you’re in!”

A tasty Festival will include Stockton’s popular Farmers’ Market, featuring around 25 of the best independent food producers from within 50 miles of the town.

And hungry shoppers can also look forward to a live cookery theatre, outdoor dining areas, live music, and the chance to win a fantastic Festival hamper on the day itself.

Lorna said: “We love Stockton’s proud market history and traditions, and we take our hats off to Stockton Council for organising their first Food Festival right here in the heart of the town.

“We’re looking forward to an enjoyable day, with plenty of fun and good food for all the family to enjoy.”

  • Stockton Food Festival: Stockton High Street. Saturday 26 September. 10am-4pm. FREE ADMISSION. For further news & updates, see Stockton Farmers’ Market on Facebook.
  • Calling all Budding Bakers: Fancy your chances of becoming the champion baker of Stockton Food Festival? Apply asap by calling 01642 527385 or email [email protected]