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Raising a glass to a feast of food and wine

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Rhian Cradock, with son Luke, is one of those behind the Northumbria Food and Wine Festival

The Northumbria Food and Wine Festival – which kicks-off on October 7 – promises to be a heady mix for gastronomes.

The three day event in the grounds of Tynedale Rugby Club in Corbridge features more than 100 wines as well as some of the region’s best chefs and, of course, plenty of top quality locally sourced food.

Inside a huge heated marquee three separate ‘pop-up’ kitchens, with their own bars, will serve Asian, Indian and British food, with the chance to wash it all down with wine from a range of suppliers.

The food will be cooked by Rhian Cradock of the award-winning Feathers Inn at Hedley-on-the-Hill and Mark Lagan of Barn Asia and Bob Arora of Sachins, both in Newcastle.

The festival, which runs until October 9, is the brainchild of Rhian and Stuart Colmer of Fasol Menin Wines.

It is hoped more than 1,5o0 people will attend the weekend and there will also be cooking demonstrations, live music and wine talks given by some of the nation’s top wine educators and writers, including Helen Savage who writes regularly in The Journal, Newcastle, and in 2010 was shortlisted, for the second year running, for a prestigious Louis Roederer International Wine Writer’s Award.

Tickets cost £25 and allow acces on all three days, a free ISO tasting glass and eight tokens that can be redeemed against wines at the festival.

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