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FEATURED LOCAL PRODUCERS

SOME OF DURHAM'S FINEST
FOOD & DRINK ARTISANS

FEATURED LOCAL PRODUCERS

SOME OF DURHAM'S FINEST FOOD & DRINK ARTISANS

At the Food and Drink Festivals, we see so many traders and like you, enjoy tasting and shopping our way around each event. These traders work so hard to develop their award winning products to produce them to such high standards, creating new flavours, tastes and trends.  

For Durham Festival of Food and Drink, we wanted to showcase these traders in more detail so you can see what they have done this year to keep going, tell you more about their product range, but also show you the hard work that goes in to the delicious products we love.

We have been lucky enough to visit a few of the companies within the region who trade with us at either Bishop Auckland Food Festival or Seaham Food Festivals. We have been filming in a COVID safe manner and followed all the government guidelines in order to bring some great interviews, news and a insight into their day-to-day trading. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do this for everyone but we have selected a range of companies from the brilliant community of small businesses who trade with us each year.  These companies are based in County Durham and work so hard to deliver delicious products.  

We will be featuring these traders and more each week through our social channels and adding to the list below. We have so many incredible stories, news and updates from lots of your favourite traders to share so keep checking back to see what’s been added.

TWISTED CURRY

At The Twisted Curry, we provide an easy way for you to cook authentic and incredibly tasty curries, with ease. Our curry kits provide all the key herbs and spices to allow you to create mouth-watering menus with little or no experience…

Weardale Cheeses, Artisan Cheeses handmade in Weardale

WEARDALE CHEESE

Since March, here at Weardale Cheese I have kept on making batches of cheese, small amounts to begin with then increasing as orders improved. Like with a lot of traders, all of the markets, fairs and shows came to a halt and quite…

Handcrafted in North Yorkshire The Whitby Distillery

WHITBY DISTILLERY

After 18 months of hard graft we’ve been granted planning permission to restore Abbey Lands Farm, turning it into our new premises in the shadow of Whitby Abbey. Scarborough councillors have approved our £1.5 million…

TANDOORI NAAN

This year has been a whirlwind of emotions!  We started 8 years ago in Newcastle serving Indian Street Food to the North East.  We then started going further afield with our local produce to events and festivals…

Spicy Monkey Sauces

THE CHILLI JAM MAN

Thanks Durham County Council, This is a great idea, thank you for the initiative! It’s projects like this that are going to keep this fantastic community of small producers alive through these times. We’ve been very lucky in having such a great…

THE LAMP ROOM

During lockdown we are open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 3.30pm for collection and delivery of our tapas, surf and turf and parmo menus only. Sunday for collection and delivery of our Sunday lunch menu…

South Durham Honey

SOUTH DURHAM HONEY

With all our events this year cancelled we are delighted to have opened an online shop. Our gift sets are really popular and all available via the website, along with our usual honey and candles, all which will be posted…

Spicy Monkey Sauces

SPICY MONKEY

Fortunately at the start of the year we had already made a bit of a push with finding more shops to stock our curry in. The majority of these shops stayed open during lockdown and seemed to be very busy. It felt as though…

Steam-Machine-brewing-company

STEAM MACHINE

People can order our beer online from www.steammachinebrew.com, and can then either collect from the brewery between Thursday – Sunday, or these can be shipped nationally to customer’s further afar…

Pucketts Pickles Ofer

PUCKETT’S PICKLES

Say goodbye to sludgy pickles. Ours are wholesomely natural, gloriously colourful and joyfully British. No nasty preservatives. One of my fondest memories from childhood – and the sort of feeling I wanted to induce in…

R Place serving beautiful artisan doughnuts

R PLACE

Hi everyone, we are R Place. We sell beautiful, local coffee with lots of amazing flavours to go with them! We also sell homemade brownies and handmade donuts, all from our shop in Monkseaton. We have just got a brand new kitchen…

Sawley Kitchen Baked Goods

SAWLEY KITCHEN

Yorkshire’s very own award-winning Biscuit Bakehouse. Firstly let me give you a few crumbs of our history. Robin Jaques and I became partners both at work & in real life 36 years ago. Rob brought with him so much experience…

O’DONNELL MOONSHINE

Based in Manchester O’Donnell Moonshine has revived the once disreputable drink. Our Moonshine is made of high-quality products and made with natural flavours and is allergen free. According to the old rules…

Parlour Made Cheeses

PARLOUR MADE

We are currently offering our online shop with soon to be launched click & collect facility forevery Saturday in December. We are also offering a home delivery service (charge does apply) We are still trading at local farmers markets…

PIT WHEEL DISTILLERY

PitWheel Distillery was founded by, Derrick and Charlotte Rickard, operating from their distillery, a converted garage within their home in Wingate, County Durham. The brand itself is a testament to the coal…

Le Mini Macaron

LE MINI MACARON

Like many of our trader friends it has been very tricky through lockdown, online orders have been going really well. We have introduced a range of limited edition flavours and limited edition flavour box of macarons every…

Little Quaker Distillery

LITTLE QUAKER DISTILLERY

Since lockdown the little Quaker distillery have had to adapt like most business their core sales were hit by covid. Bars and restaurants have been heavily hit and that has meant we here at little Quaker have had to be flexible…

North Chocolates - Handmade in Newcastle Upon Tyne

NORTH CHOCOLATES

We can’t thank our customers enough for supporting us this year. Many of our independent retailers stayed open and customers flocked to support all the little independents we supply and our online sales have skyrocketed…

HARVEY’S SAUSAGES

When COVID emptied our diary, that meant that we, like all other event caterers, would not be attending any of regular events & festivals. This was so sad for all of us.We took the decision to try and find a venue…

Kittys Homemade Ginger Wine

KITTY’S HOMEMADE GINGER WINE

Kitty’s Homemade Ginger Wine is a family run business and based in Blyth, Northumberland. Kitty’s homemade non-alcoholic ginger wine delivers a sophisticated and refreshing taste with an immediacy of…

Lakeland Mues Winter Wonder Limited Edition Museli

LAKELAND MUES

When the first lockdown hit, all of our events were wiped out along with the hospitality side of our business supplying hotel breakfasts. We put a lot more effort into building up the online side of our business and as a result…

The Gingerbread Mam

GINGERBREAD MAM

The Gingerbread Mam has continued to trade through lockdown by offering a local delivery service ensuring nobody went without their gingerbread treats. We also used a courier for those further afield who placed an order…

Goodtimes Tacos

GOOD TIME TACOS

During lockdown we started up a delivery service. It went really well but then once the virus started getting worse we decided to just shut down completely. This was set to be our busiest year yet, obviously like everyone else…

Sarah Nelsons Grasmere Gingerbread

GRASMERE GINGERBREAD

Located in the beautiful Lake District you will find the home of Grasmere Gingerbread, alternatively purchase online and the scrumptious gingerbread delivered to your door. Delivery available around the world…

The Fat Hippo Chicken Burger

FAT HIPPO

Born in 2010 with roots in Newcastle Upon Tyne, we are renowned for the best burgers in the North. Recognised for our quality ingredients and quirky flavours, a decent vegan, gluten-free and kids’ selection to feed all of the family…

Fire and Dough

FIRE & DOUGH

Born in 2010 with roots in Newcastle Upon Tyne, we are renowned for the best burgers in the North. Recognised for our quality ingredients and quirky flavours, a decent vegan, gluten-free and kids’ selection to feed all of the family….

GEORGE SAMUEL BREWERY

This year was our first year in new premises, we got the keys just before the first lockdown however this didn’t deter us. We set about turning an old run down derelict railway building into our home. The unit was once…

CANNY CANDY GADGIES

We are The Canny Candy Gadgies, a third generation family business based in Seaham on the Heritage Coast and I’m David, the Chief Gadgie. Specialising in hand made fudges, honeycombs, brittle, coconut ice our product’s key attributes are they all have…

THE CHERRY TREE

Since 1997, it has been our sole focus to produce the finest Chutneys, Preserves, Marmalades and flavours to excite tastebuds everywhere. All our products are hand cooked in small batches, using only the best ingredients…

Durham Distillery Handmade in copper pots

DURHAM GIN

The original inspiration for our distillery came from travelling around the US.  Our founder was inspired by small micro-distilleries making Bourbon in college towns along the East Coast. We loved the idea of an urban distillery with a backdrop…

THE BROWNIE BAR

With no events we’re currently selling our brownies online on our website, and in our store in Heaton on Chillingham Road. We offer socially distanced seating, indoor and two tables outdoors, and a take away service….

The Busy Whisk

THE BUSY WHISK

We’re selling mostly at Farmers Markets.  Stewart Park in Middlesbrough, Thirsk, Hartlepool, Stokesley, Wynyard Hall and Sedgefield. Of those, there’s only Wynyard Hall and Sedgefield that are in County Durham…

Calders Kitchen Handmade in the yorkshire Dales

CALDER’S KITCHEN

Piccalilli is a great British classic, a relish with real versatility and a firm favourite with those looking to put a bit of spice in their lives. Campbell’s customers love a quality condiment that’s why we’re proud to introduce Calder’s Kitchen

Breaking Bread Bread Selection

BREAKING BREAD

Artisan bakery supplying sourdough breads, organic bread, teacakes, brownies and viennoiserie. Artisan bakery supplying sourdough breads, organic bread, teacakes, brownies and viennoiserie. Artisan bakery supplying sourdough breads, organic bread, teacakes.

Burtree Puddings

BURTREE PUDDINGS

Burtree Puddings is a family-run business, stemming from years of experience and passion with the farming and food industry. Owned and operated by Robert and Lea Darling, every product from Christmas Pudding to Sticky Toffee Pudding to Flapjack is created with…

The Hedgehog Bakery

HEDGEHOG BAKERY

Local sweet bakery from Staindrop. Tray bake lovers and the return of the brownie bombs! 3 passionate individuals aiming to satisfy the sweet tooth of the North East & North Yorkshire. We are a small family ran business, fully food safe and have a 5* hygiene rating.

McColls Brewery

McCOLL’S BREWERY

Inspired by traditional British and Belgian beers we have always endeavoured to produce enjoyable, easy going beers. Sometimes we stray from the path and experiment but this helps feed our knowledge and curiosity. Pete Brown Award Winning Beer Writer “Been really…

Northumberland Honey Co

NORTHUMBERLAND HONEY CO.

Born out of love for Champagne and a passion for beekeeping. As beekeepers we have had to keep looking after the bees, despite the pandemic. We have increased the number of bees we keep to over 200 colonies now. Fortunately online sales have been maintained

Screaming Chimp Chilli Sauce

SCREAMING CHIMP CHILLI SAUCES

Mr and Mrs Chimp started producing multi award wining natural, vegan, gluten free chilli sauces in 2016. Since then, they’ve gained two Great Taste awards from the Guild Of Fine Food in 2017, won 25% of the U.K. Chilli sauce awards in 2018

The Cocktail Pickers Club

THE COCKTAIL PICKERS CLUB

Bar quality Cocktails without the mess and hassle.The Cocktail Pickers Club was launched in 2016 by Jen who was on a mission to change the Pre-mixed Cocktail market.“To date, there was nothing of its kind available and ours was the first Cocktail to be bottled…

Urban Fudge

URBAN FUDGE

We’re not grannies and we don’t live in a cottage. We’re young, enthusiastic and we make damn good fudge. We’re local to the area and don’t stray too far from our patch. I started the business back in 2014 while working a full time job trading at food festivals and events…

Beckfords Spirit Drinks

BECKFORD’S SPIRITS

We launched Beckford’s caramel Rum in March 2019, August 2020 we were awarded a 3 Star Great Taste Award and the sales went through the roof between Aug-Dec everyone who tasted it bought. Jan 2020 we booked over 110 shows from…

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