Come one, come all to one of the most exciting events in the North East foodie calendar – Tynemouth Food Festival 2017.
Foodies from across the region will be heading to the coast on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017, to celebrate a shared love of food and drink and to immerse themselves in an extravaganza for the senses.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Tynemouth Priory & Castle, more than 50 of the finest food producers will be out in force at Tynemouth Food Festival 2017 (Summer Edition).
Most of the producers hail from the North East – proving not just the high standard of the food scene in our region, but also its diversity.
From sweet treats to savoury specials, every base will be covered. Whether you are a jam junky, a crepe connoisseur, a fudge fanatic, a macaron master or a believer in the banger, you will find a stall just for you.
Nor is it all just about food; drinks producers will be in attendance as well, from local small-batch artisan coffee producers to North East brewers.
Do not panic if the thought of not being able to enjoy all this amazing food until you get home is causing you to come out in a cold sweat. There will also be plenty of seductive street foods to tuck into on the day, with 22 stalls cooking up dishes from around the world.
It’s enough to make you grab a knife and fork and run around shouting, “Bury me in mashed potato and leave me there!”
But if you’re stuck in mashed potato, you’ll miss all the special events scheduled to take place over the two days.
There will be demonstrations from renowned North East chefs, including Dave Coulson from Peace and Loaf in Jesmond, Troy Terrington from Dobson Parnell on Newcastle’s Quayside, and James Laffan from The Staith House on North Shields’ Fish Quay. There will also be burger-making workshops run by festival sponsor Geordie Bangers.
It is not just about the food though. There will be live music with Buskers in the Bar, Forest School activities for ages six to 16, creepy crawlies and other wonderful creatures from Animal Antics, face painting, Piccolo Music workshops for babies and toddlers, plus a return visit from popular magician Graeme Shaw. It really is a fun day out for the whole family. The only problem will be trying to fit it all in!
Opening the festival on the Saturday morning will be Invictus Games 2014 basketball gold medallist Gaz Golightly, and local Sea Cadets will be there on both days, performing drills and manoeuvres, as well as selling tickets and handing out programmes.
The festival’s chosen charity for this year is SSAFA – the Armed Forces Charity. They provide welfare and support for those serving in the armed forces, veterans and armed forces families. SSAFA is staffed by local volunteers in each area, so any funds raised will go directly to those in need within Tyne and Wear.
For more information on Tynemouth Food Festival 2017, contact Sally Craigen, Chair of the Tynemouth Food Festival Committee, on 0191 257 9038.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message via Facebook/Messenger using the handle: @tynemouthfoodfestival.
To view a programme of events, for directions, and information on how to get there via public transport, visit the website: www.tynemouthfoodfestival.co.uk. Parking in Tynemouth is limited, so the use of public transport is advised.
To beat the queues, you can buy tickets online for both days, priced at just £3.50 for adults, which includes entry to the priory and castle. Children under 16 go free. Further details are available at: www.tynemouthfoodfestival.co.uk/wristbands.