From Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd February, Rockliffe Hall is hosting its first Artisan Food Fair to launch its week-long Festival of Food. Taking place from 10am to 4pm each day, the Artisan Food Fair is the perfect day out for food and drink lovers and includes stalls of artisan produce, street food, spirit schools and live chef demonstrations in The Looking Glass House.
The live chef demos are an opportunity for food and drink lovers to get up close and personal with food producers and chefs. Great British Menu Chefs Danny Parker, Dave Coulson and Dan Fletcher – will be taking to the stage on Sunday 3rd February, ahead of a sell-out dinner on the evening.
The chefs will each be paired with a food producer from the region to show visitors how to use the produce at home to create delicious dishes – with the products used being available for sale at the food fair. It’s going to be an interactive and intimate experience, with visitors able to ask questions and see the chefs cooking up a storm.
“I love getting in front of the public and showcasing what we do. I’m very privileged to be part of what’s going to be a great event,” says Dave, chef patron at Peace & Loaf, in Jesmond, Newcastle.
“As chefs, we cook our own sauces and make things from scratch so it’ll be interesting for us to see what we can do with the smaller, artisan producers. I’ve always said producers are the real rock stars – the ones who supply our restaurants, the fish and meat we get delivered.
“The North East’s food scene has completely changed over the last 10 years, and it’s amazing to be part of that. We’ve seen a huge uprise in artisan producers, too, and it’ll be interesting to see what they have to offer.”
COOKERY DEMO TIMES
Sunday 3rd February
The Great British Menu Chefs:
11am – Daniel Fletcher, Fenchurch Restaurant London
12.30pm – Danny Parker, Jesmond Dene House
2.00pm – David Coulson, Peace and Loaf
3.00pm – Dave, Danny and Dan: Great British Menu Highlights.
With a name like Screaming Chimp it’s pretty clear what to expect! With a range of artisan chilli sauces crafted in small batches there’s flavours to suit all levels of spice tolerance. Flavours range from Vic’s “Ol’Smokey” for those starting their chilli journey to Screamer for spice aficionados!
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. Expect seasonal pies and pastries all made from fresh, local, seasonal produce, with a strong emphasis on game meat.
Husband and wife team Andrew and Anne-Marie Calder started making Piccalilli in their family kitchen after discovering Andrew’s late Grandad, Charlie’s family recipe. Since then they have developed their product and now have a range of Piccalilli products featuring Chillililli and Sillylilli!