Universal Cookery and Food Festival

Craft Guild of Chefs
Lee Maycock, John Feeney &
Ian Nottage

Event Type:
Food Festival

400 delegates, 50 exhibitors

Vallum Farm, Newcastle


  • Dubbed the ‘Glastonbury’ for chefs, our objective was to educate attendees on – farming, provenance, sustainability,
    trends, taste, seasonality and development.
  • Enlist the support of chef heroes from the North East
  • To introduce new iniatives and bring back old favourites


  • A new ‘innovation zone’ saw the headline sponsors showcase the latest culinary innovations with free flowing demonstrations throughout the day
  • Feather and Fur – Delegates experienced hanging, skinning and butchery of all kinds in the game area
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting – a new concept where everyone got the chance to shoot a few clays
  • Farmers Market – delegates met a wide range of artisan food, drink and innovative equipment suppliers
  • Breakfast, lunch and the evening BBQ were all unique tasting experiences – using produce from our sponsors and regional producers
  • Demonstration stage and kitchen
  • Conference sessions
  • Farm Tours of Vallum Farm
  • BBQ and band to finish the day

“An amazing team achievement – thanks to all the team at McCullough Moore for their energy, patience and unwavering determination to put on this incredible event. If you build it they will come!”

Lee Maycock, Chairman, Craft Guild of Chefs