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Published 28th Sep 2018

harvest festival at stewart park this weekend

More than 40 food and drink stalls from across the region will be at Stewart Park Farmers’ Market on Sunday for a Harvest Festival.

The popular annual event celebrates British Food Fortnight – a national project that shines the spotlight on the very best of British.

All the food and drink at Stewart Park on Sunday has been grown, reared or produced in North Yorkshire, Teesside and County Durham.

Producers include Benjamin Wreford - a finalist in the Young Farmer Award. Benjamin rears free range pigs at the family farm at Shotton Colliery using ethical and traditional farming methods.

There’s also the Mellanbys, a farming family from County Durham who grow winter vegetables and sell them at the Stewart Park Farmers’ Market from September through to March.

Food and drink on sale includes honey made by the bees in North Yorkshire, chutneys made using locally grown vegetables, cider made from locally grown apples and wines and gin produced just up the road in East Cleveland.

Nigel Davison, market manager, said: “The Harvest Festival is one of the highlights of our farmers’ market calendar.

“Everyone remembers celebrating the Harvest Festival at primary school, so what better way to highlight all that’s great about British food?

“We handpick all our stallholders so anyone who visits can be sure they are buying from genuine small local top quality producers.”

The event – which also features street food, quality arts and craft stalls and children’s activities - has been organised in partnership with Askham Bryan College, the venue hosts.

Other activities at the event include a hand-powered apple press and visitors are encouraged to take along any apples from trees in their gardens along with a clean sealable container and they can make their own juice to take home.

• The Harvest Festival takes place at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, on Sunday, September 30, from 9am to 2pm.

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