4th Alnwick Food Festival

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The weekend of the 20th and 21st of September saw the 2008 Alnwick Food Festival take place in the Northumberland medieval market town and Pumphrey’s Coffee was once again in attendance.

This year, the festival also coincided with the Alnwick Beer Festival and a new event, the Alnwick Childrens Food Festival which was held at the Alnwick Garden.

Now in it’s 4th year, the Alnwick Food Festival is a hotbed of regional gastronomic activity and its success has even led to Alnwick being dubbed a ‘gastrohub’ and ‘the 6th best place for gastronomic activity in the UK’ (BMW 1 Series Good Food Ride). Every year, the festival has supported a local charity and this year was no exception, with the chosen charity being the Toma Fund (www.tomafund.org) which raises awareness and funds for the Teenage Cancer Unit at Newcastle’s RVI hospital. Over the weekend just over £1900 was raised, with donations at the Pumphreys stall making up approximately a quarter of the overall fund.

Flying the flag for Pumphreys were Georgina and Paula Archer (pictured), Stuart Archer and Allan Pickering. The quartet was kept busy all weekend serving drinks and collecting donations on behalf of Toma, Allan had this to say regarding the event.

                ‘It was a very busy weekend, and the festival was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet our customer’s customers and also benefit the chosen charity. Generally, the people we met seemed much more discerning than in previous years, and we even saw a few people who had returned from the previous festivals in order to stock up on their supplies of regional food from the North East. The Alnwick Food Festival is a fantastic event, and it can only mean good things for local producers in the North East of England.’

As a member of the Northumbria Larder, Pumphrey’s Coffee is dedicated to supporting local events at which regional produce is exhibited. 2009 should see the Alnwick Food Festival reach its 5th year, and with the high quality local produce which comes from the North East of England. See you there next year!

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