Press Releases

June Press Release

From:-      Berwick Slow Food Group

Re:-           “War on Plastic – BBC1 Series”

Berwick Slow Food Group will be doing all it can to support the initiatives arising from the recent BBC1 series “War On Plastics”. A spokesperson said that we all should take small steps to reduce our plastic use (and large steps when we can!), it will all help. The programmes were eye-opening, educational and shocking. We are ashamed that some of our waste has been shipped overseas to cause problems elsewhere instead of being properly dealt with here. Plastics are very useful for many reasons, but there is simply no need for so much single use plastic in our daily lives. Consumer power needs to come to the fore and force changes in the supermarkets. We need to reuse where possible and increase refill as an option for many goods.

As far as our annual Food and Beer Festival goes we have already stopped selling water in plastic bottles and this year we hope to have a water refill facility available too. Re-useable bags, including our own version, should be to the fore and hopefully stall-holders will maximise use of (recycled) paper bags. Shoppers can of course bring their own reusable bags and containers to get filled up with food purchases. Festival Director Ruth McNeely said that we work closely with NCC to maximise recycling and collection of waste for incineration for useful energy. Glass and cardboard is collected and recycled but it is not possible to recycle everything we would like to at such an event. Compostable items are also  increasingly available and will be collected if possible. Festival glasses will be available as usual….

So, come on Berwickers take that excess single use plastic packaging back to where you bought it with a message such as #OurPlasticFeedback #LessPlasticPlease #ReducePlasticNow


July Press Release

 Berwick Food & Beer Festival

6th – 8th September 2019

The Berwick Food & Beer Festival returns to celebrate inspiring local produce and artisan brewing from September 6th – 9th. The long-running festival reflects the principles of the Slow Food movement by showcasing exceptional local produce, served up alongside entertainment for all the family.


Over the festival weekend, Berwick’s historic barracks become home to over 70 stalls. Chain Bridge Honey, the Game Larder, Berwick Shellfish and Northern Coffee are just some of the stalls attending. Joining them will be the Jimmy the Lambman and Geordie Bangers. The Barnacre Alpacas and Blue House Goats are a huge favourite with younger visitors. With each individual stall comes a wealth of experience and information, the festival is the time to find out where the produce comes from and gain insight into traditional processes.


This year, for the first time, the festival has invited producers from farther afield. Offering visitors the chance to sample specialities from different regions. Festival Organiser, Ruth McNeely, explains why these special guests are making an appearance:


“Each year we celebrate the best of our region, this year we offer a different perspective by inviting producers from further afield. Our aim is to encourage festival visitors to keep an eye out for local producers when they are away from home. We believe the joy of travel is firmly rooted in discovering new traditions and produce, and of course sampling it! We’re bringing this spirit to the festival this year.”


There will be many experts on hand over the weekend, from the chefs in the demo kitchen to Berwick Organic Gardeners and the inspiring new Northern Soul Kitchen. This innovative new café serves up ‘Pay as You Feel’ dishes created from unsold, but perfectly delicious, food. This is the stall to visit for tips on reducing your personal food waste and tips on how to cook delicious, nutritious food on a budget.


With lots of free samples on offer, visitors can nibble their way around the Barracks before sampling some of the legendary food trucks. There will be street food from around the world, from Cuba to Greece -  alongside traditional favourites such as gourmet burgers and pies. For pudding there is local ice-cream, waffles piled high with toppings and finger-licking crepes.


The Simpsons Malt beer marquee is the place to grab a table and enjoy live music while sampling the wares of artisan brewers. Cheviot, Hetton Law, Tempest, Top Out, Bear Claw, Two by Two and Blackstorm will all be on hand in the marquee to talk you through their brews. Kelso Gin and Pier Red provide refreshing alternatives to beer.


The Food Festival is committed to cutting-down on unnecessary waste so don’t forget to pick up a commemorative pint glass which can be used throughout the weekend.


Enjoy a weekend with family and friends, celebrating all that is great about the region’s food and produce.


The Berwick Food & Beer Festival takes place at The Barracks, Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

Friday 6th September: Opening Night in Beer Marquee 5pm – 10.30pm

Saturday 7th September Food Festival runs from 10am – 5pm/Beer Marquee 12 noon - midnight

Sunday 8th  Food festival 10am – 4pm/Beer Marquee 12 noon – 6pm


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Press Release - March 2017

Berwick Food & Beer Festival’s 10th anniversary dedicated to founder member

The Berwick Food & Beer Festival returns for its 10th year and promises another weekend of the very best in local produce, live music and fascinating demonstrations.

Organised by the Berwick Slow Food Group, the Food & Beer Festival will take place from 1st-3rd September. Local producers will once again be setting up their stalls on the cobblestones of Berwick’s historic barracks.

This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Liz Houghton. Liz was a passionate supporter of the Slow Food Group in Berwick and was involved in the festival from its inception. Liz sadly passed away in October 2016 and will be greatly missed by all involved with the festival. Joint Festival Director Ruth McNeely explains why this year’s festival is a tribute to Liz:

“Liz was very passionate about good local food and supporting our local artisan producers, she worked tirelessly to obtain funding to stage the very first food festival. She was an inspiration and one of the reasons our festival is such a success to day.”

Following this year’s Food & Beer Festival, Berwick Slow Food will be making a donation to Berwick Cancer Care.

The 10th year of the Food & Beer Festival promises to a bumper event. Festival organisers are hard at work planning an event they describe as “bigger and better than ever.” There will be a few surprises this year but visitors can expect regular highlights such as:

Food Stalls

Open from 10am-5pm on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd, stall-holders will be selling everything from honey to fresh seafood. Spots are booking up fast and this year’s visitors can expect upwards of 70 stalls to browse. This is the heart of the festival and the place to chat with local producers and sample their goods. Live local music will be performed throughout the weekend in the courtyard of The Barracks.

Beer Festival

The beer marquee will host the festival’s opening night on Friday 1st September when local singer-songwriter Electric Penelope will be performing her unique blend of jazz and soul-infused pop. On Saturday 2nd September the spacious beer marquee will be open from 12 noon-12 midnight, giving visitors plenty of opportunity to sample what the local artisan brewers have on offer. Wine, champagne, cocktails, cider, gin and soft drinks are also available to sip under the chandeliers of the marquee. Local band Hardly Original will be on stage On Saturday evening. On Sunday 3rd September the beer marquee will be open from 12 noon – 6pm, with a backdrop of live blues and mellow jazz.

Street Food

If there’s one piece of advice the organisers offer to visitors this year it’s - come hungry! Street food stalls will be set up outside the beer marquee and inside the Barracks itself. Whether you fancy a freshly flipped burger or a gourmet pizza cooked to order you will want to try it all.

Demonstration Kitchen

Take a break from browsing and eating in the demonstration kitchen. Regular demonstrations take place over the weekend and are hugely popular, at the end of each session the audience get to sample the dish the chef has cooked up.

Family Entertainment

The Food & Beer Festival is a great day out for the whole family. There are many activities tailored to kids, from fabulous storytellers to craft activities. There’s even a dedicated ‘Kid’s Kitchen’ where youngsters can make their own culinary creations.

The Berwick Food & Beer Festival takes place at The Barracks in Berwick-Upon-Tweed from September 1st-3rd. More information about the event can be found at