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Artisan Food Fair

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From 10am to 4pm on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February 2019

Join us for Rockliffe Hall’s first Artisan Food Fair, being held as part of the Festival of Food in February 2019.

The fair will run on the first weekend of the festival, with plenty of the region's finest artisan food producers inviting visitors to sample and buy their products. 

Guests will also be able to tuck into dishes from the Middle East, Caribbean, Greece and Germany while event sponsors G&G Goodfellows, will be showing visitors how to ‘bring home the restaurant’ look with their new tableware brand ‘Goodfellows at Home’.

Rockliffe’s three Executive Chefs will host live demos on Saturday 2nd February and the Great British Menu chefs, will be showcasing their talent at the food fair on Sunday 3rd February when they’re joined live on stage by the region’s top food producers, using their ingredients to cook dishes.


Saturday 2nd February

The Rockliffe Chefs: 

  • 11am – Paul O’Hara and Simon Raine, of Weardale Cheese
  • 12.30pm – Richard Allen and Lizzy Hodcroft, from The Sweet Beet
  • 2.00pm – Aaron Craig and Nick Fairly, of Fairley’s Fine Condiments
  • 3.00pm – Cooking with Durham Gin.

Sunday 3rd February

The Great British Menu Chefs: 

  • 11am – Daniel Fletcher
  • 12.30pm – Danny Parker
  • 2.00pm – David Coulson
  • 3.00pm – Dave, Danny and Dan: Great British Menu Highlights.

The Artisan Food Fair is complimentary to attend with complimentary car parking. To book a place at the Gin, Whisky or Rum Schools, or at any of the lunches or dinners call  01325 729999 or email



G&G Goodfellows at home, Calder's Kitchen, The Sweet Beet, Screaming Chimp, Fairleys Fine Condiments,The Clucking Pig Company, Geordie Bangers, North Chocolates, Durham Distillery, Hepple Gin, Weardale Cheese,The Swaley Kitchen, Northumbrian Smokehouse, Rosalind's Larder, The Little Quaker Distillery, Burtree Puddings, The Twisted Curry Co, Mediterranean Gourmet Company and the British Game Alliance.  


The Calabash Tree, Smokey Joe's, Geordie Bangers, Grumpy Panda, Papa Ganoush, Mivesi Spice, The Tynemouth Coffee Company

The Artisan Food Fair includes:

  • 50 indoor and outdoor artisan food stalls to browse
  • Live cookery demonstrations throughout both days in the Looking Glass House
  • Exhibitors confirmed include North Chocolates, piccalilli company Calder’s Kitchen, The Sweet Beet Condiments and The Clucking Pig Company, which recently won Best Game Farmers’ Market Stall at the Eat Game Awards for its gourmet Scotch eggs
  • Complimentary entry and parking
  • Sponsored by G&G Goodfellows
  • Option for guests to book a place at the Spirit Schools taking place each day*


Date & Time: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February, from 10am to 4pm
Price: Complimentary (please note charge applies for the Spirit Schools which need to be pre-booked)
Location: The Rockliffe Suite, Grounds & Looking Glass House

The Spirit Schools

On each day of the Artisan Food Fair there’ll also be a Gin School, Whisky School and Rum School, where guests can be taken on a journey of their chosen spirit, sampling up to 6 different drinks which need to be booked in advance. Prices from £25 to £35. Click here for more info.

Please note elements of this event are outdoors, so appropriate footwear and warm coats are recommended.

*On each day of the Artisan Food Fair there’ll also be a Gin School, Whisky School and Rum School, where guests can be taken on a journey of their chosen spirit, sampling up to 6 different drinks. Prices: £25 (for 5 G&Ts or 5 Rums) and £35 (6 Whisky tastings). Spirit Schools must be booked in advance.


Artisan Food Fair, from 10am to 4pm

Spirit Schools

Advanced booking only, from £25 to £35
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