We’ve rounded up some of the region’s best producers who put nothing but passion into their produce. They are all coming to Rockliffe Hall’s Artisan Food Fair from the 2nd-3rd February. Make sure to pay them a visit.
1. The Clucking Pig Company
Made with the finest free-range ingredients and coated in homemade breadcrumbs, each gourmet Scotch egg by The Clucking Pig Company is lovingly handcrafted by David and Christine Laing in Marske-by-the-Sea, near Saltburn.
Some of David and Christine’s best-selling varieties include: venison, wild boar, rare-breed pork with red onion marmalade and vegetarian haggis. And they have recently won Best Game Farmers’ Market Stall, including Street Food, at the national Eat Game Awards for its gourmet Scotch eggs.
2. Northumbrian Smokehouse
Once you’ve had a taste of Steve Peart’s smoked produce, you won’t want to go back. With a legion of fans, this smokehouse in Wallsend produces a wide range of smoked food products.
From meats and cheese, to pates, nuts and its famous smoked black pudding – there’s plenty on offer at this stall. Try the oak-smoked halloumi cheese, it’s amazing.
3. Lovesome Oil
A great way to support local is by switching up supermarket-brand products in your pantry that you use again and again, with a local alternative.
From soil to oil, this cold pressed rapeseed oil from the heart of County Durham is ideal for roasting, baking, frying, dripping, drizzling and dressing your dishes. Use it with your roasties for Sunday dinner, or to create a dressing for your salad. It’s easy, versatile and delicious.
4. The Mediterranean Gourmet Company
The Mediterranean Sea is bordered by 18 countries, each with a rich history full of the finest food, culture, and adventure. The Mediterranean Gourmet Company embraces this lifestyle and culture with a range of hand-made dips, spreads and flavoured oils.
They also make Gin and Tonic Olives, where Sicilian olives are infused with gin and then toppled up with tonic. Keep them in the freezer and to your gin and tonic. What a brilliant idea!
5. The Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club
Although, they have just recently opened their own bistro in Great Ayton four months ago, The Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club will be travelling with its market stall to the Artisan Food Fair at Rockliffe Hall.
Pie ateliers, street food vendors and outside caterers with a touch of theatrical design. Expect seasonal pies and pastries all made from fresh, local, seasonal produce, with a strong emphasis on game meat.