Raby Castle was the venue for the first ever Taste of Teesdale Festival held on 21 July 2013. Visitors packed the castle grounds to buy and sample some of the region’s best food and drink supported by local crafts, food demonstrations and farming displays many of whom sell regularly at Barnard Castle Farmers Market on the first Saturday of the month.
Event organisers Raby Castle and Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market were delighted with the turn out. Katrina Palmer began by saying, “The festival was carefully planned not only to include great food and drink, but also provide more children activities and workshops. How often do you get the chance to watch cheese and butter being made by local artisan food producers, let alone cook up your own mouth watering dishes. Watching the line of children cooking in the Kiddy Cook demonstrations was a personal highlight of the day.”
Local chef Andrew Rowbotham from the Crown in Mickleton (and helpers) cooked up a ‘ready-steady-cook’ demonstration from ingredients collected from various stall holders. Visitors were then invited to tuck-in as the delicious improvised dishes were served at the pass.
Farming displays included the Farmyard Flyer – a double decker bus filled with animals including, sheep, chickens and rabbits. Lucky Ducks also gave amazing displays of sheep dog, duck herding inside the purpose built carral. The indoor educational farming display was filled to the rafters as visitors enjoyed a host of activites including the chance to win a luxury Taste of Teesdale hamper.
“We’re already looking forward to next year’s event”, continued Katrina and I know from the positive feedback received during and after the event, we’ve begun what will prove to be an even bigger success next year.”