The Finest Artisan Food Producers Exhibiting at Our Newcastle Christmas Fair
Living North’s Christmas Fair is back and our festive food halls will be packed with some of the finest artisan food producers
Since cousins Charlotte and Farah founded their shop on Holy Island back in 2011, they have been on a gelato journey bringing us seriously tasty vegan gelato which is free from everything (including gluten, dairy, lactose and egg) but the flavour. From raspberry cheesecake to sea salt blue vanilla and candied double ginger delight, there’s a favourite for everyone. They’re big on sustainability too, so expect to find their tasty gelato in recyclable tins accompanied by an edible spoon.
Inspired by traditional Geordie cooking and family recipes that have been passed down through generations, Geordie Bangers reference local flavours such as Brown Ale in their tasty pork sausages. They also create a number of speciality sausages including black pudding and white pepper pork, pork with Stilton and spring onions and spicy crushed jalapeños, as well as burgers, cured bacon and fresh sausage rolls.
The Gourmet Scotch Egg Co.
From this small team of dedicated workers comes the delicious and decadent gourmet Scotch eggs we all know and love. All the Scotch eggs are handmade using the best free-range eggs, boiling them for just the right amount of time to get that soft and jammy yolk. Pork, black pudding, chorizo, apple or caramelised onion: there will be plenty of choice for every palate.
When it comes to grazing and cheese boards this Christmas, you’ll need a delicious chutney to go alongside. Darlington-based Calder’s Kitchen are a husband and wife team who founded the business in 2015 after finding Grandad Charlie’s original piccalilli recipe. At our Christmas Fair you’ll be able to shop the range of chutneys including their spicy tomato, beetroot, chillililli and original piccalilli jars.
This award-winning biscuit bakehouse specialise in hand-crafted delights, baked in the tradtional way using their vintage family recipes. Whether you’re after a savoury cracker for your Christmas cheese, a giant fluffy meringue to nibble on, or a delicious cookie or buttery shortbread treat, Swaley Kitchen have it all.
Big River Bakery
With two small-batch bakeries located on Tyneside and Teesside, Big River Bakery specialise in slow fermented, handmade breads and baked goods, made with locally-sourced ingredients. They’re a social enterprise who deliver training and opportunities to people facing complex barriers to employability, as well putting on baking courses to master the art of the tasty sourdough. Make sure to stop by their stand and pick up some freshly baked breads, cakes and scones.
This family-run business is famous for creating delicious handmade puds and cakes in small batches from their farmhouse kitchen in Darlington. From classic golden syrup to orange marmalade, gluten-free sticky toffee and fluffy ginger pudding topped with real ginger pieces, the desserts here are award-winning and all made with locally-sourced ingredients – it’s a recipe for success!
The Gift of Oil
The Gift of Oil have been improving even the simplest of meals with their family-made olive oils and balsamic vinegars since 2001. They specialise in perfect pairings and flavour infusions, so whether you fancy a drizzle, splash or stir of exceptional oils and balsamics, there will be one for you. Our favourite is the chilli and garlic oil with orange and ginger balsamic – perfect with fish, salmon or griddled halloumi.
Nova Scotia Farm Produce
Beef farmers Sally and Mark Darley started out showcasing their award-winning cattle in 2000 by selling their home-reared beef online. Following their success, they opened a butcher’s shop and it was here that they developed their first individual steak pie recipe. Since then, the team have expanded their range of gourmet pies and now offer everything from the classic steak inside a light and crispy pastry, to pork and black pudding, and pork and stuffing pies.
Dough It Yourself
Determined to bring great tasting, home-cooked pizza straight to your kitchen, the team behind Dough It Yourself offer the finest ingredients, including a selection of super-thin bases and tasty sauces. From Diablo and Romana sauces, to plain, wholemeal and gluten-free bases, Dough It Yourself have everything you need to create the most delicious, Italian-style homemade pizzas in the comfort of your own home.
Fat Lass Preserves
Cooked in small batches, using only the best seasonal produce and British vinegars to retain and enhance natural flavours, award-winning Fat Lass Preserves are not to be missed. Cooking all the preserves lightly to give them a fresher, juicer and crunchier texture than traditional preserves, expect flavours such as spicy Spanish pepper chutney, carrot jam, strawberry and lavender jam and lemon and fennel marmalade. Our favourite? The orange liqueur cocktail marmalade which is not only great on toast, but can also be used to make a brilliant breakfast martini.
Twenty Nine Degrees
This independent chocolatier started in the North East through a simple family tradition of sending Christmas chocolates to family and friends. Now, a fully-fledged business, Twenty Nine Degrees create a range of hand-crafted chocolates varying from salted caramel and dark chocolate orange to whipped whisky and honey, lemon and stem ginger. They even have a vegan range including coffee, rhubarb, raspberry and fresh mint bonbons.
The Travelling Bee Co.
Happy bees make the best honey, and that’s why The Travelling Bee Co. bundle their bees into their bee-mobiles and travel across the North East, Scotland and often further afield setting up apiaries to give their bees access to the wildest variety of flowers and trees every season. Their range includes everything from soft set honey to Scottish heather, Spanish blackberry and lime blossom honey. They make candles, soaps and skincare too.