DODDINGTON Dairy, makers of some of Northumberland’s most intriguing ice creams, have launched a competition to find the flavour that will best commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.
Ice-cream maker Neill Maxwell is from the same Nithsdale clan as John Maxwell, 4th Lord Maxwell, who died on the battlefield on September 9, 1513.
The competition is open to anyone who can come up with suggestions for a flavour or set of ingredients that will go into the winning ice cream.
Entrants will battle it out to see their flavour on sale on both sides of the border, and to win a luxury Doddington food hamper containing its own cheeses, chutneys and biscuits and a year’s supply of Doddington Dairy ice cream made just minutes from the site of the battlefield.
Understandably keen to participate in this important commemoration, Neill is looking for a flavour which evokes the characters, clans, companies and countries which took part in this turning point in British history.
Neill said: “Flodden was a day of mixed fortunes that shaped our history and as descendants of some of its participants. We want to make an ice cream that could suggest the national pride that fed into the battle. Perhaps we’re looking for something bitter-sweet, or which suggests the nationalities involved.”
The company which makes all its ice cream the traditional way with milk from its own cows is no stranger to having some fun with its flavours.
Recent projects have included a range of Roman flavours inspired by a wooden tablet describing a dinner party at Vindolanda and flower-scented ice creams created especially for the Alnwick Garden.
Neill continued: “There are lots of national foods and flavours that could be considered, both sides of the border, from beautiful Scottish berries to local Northumberland honey. And don’t forget we all love horrible histories, so a sense of humour is fine. We are looking for something that is truly commemorative in terms of the name and flavour of this truly bloody battle.”
Doddington’s ice-cream competition is part of much wider commemoration of Flodden 1513 involving local businesses and communities.
Under the banner of the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum, a living “mus-eum without walls”, the aim is to both commemorate this historic event and increase tourism in the local area.
No doubt, the increased number of visitors to the area this summer will be delighted to sample Flodden’s very own ice cream!
Doddington Dairy needs to hear from anyone who has a taste for the occasion by Friday, March 8.
Entries can be sent by email to email@example.com or by post to Doddington Dairy, North Doddington Farm, Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6AN.
Entrants can suggest any flavour or mixture of ingredients, but it must not contain nuts.