Counting some of the UK’s biggest importers of tea among its customers, the Port of Tyne is a natural fit with EAT! NewcastleGateshead’s first event of the year, Tea &Cake Planet – a two-day celebration of the nation’s favourite tipple.
Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne chief executive, said: “The Port of Tyne handles a third of the UK’s tea imports from all over the world and has 22 different varieties stored in its warehouse in South Shields.
“This year’s EAT! festival programme will feature some of the port’s customers including Ringtons Tea and Tetley and we hope many more people will join in and help celebrate the festival’s eighth anniversary.”
Ringtons Tea, Tetley Tea and Spicer’s Tea are all imported via the Port of Tyne. Four million kilos of Ringtons Tea comes through the Port of Tyne ever year, that’s enough for 1.5 billion cups.
Tea & Cake Planet takes place at The Boiler Shop, Newcastle, on June 28 and 29 and the event brings together some of the North East’s leading tea-upstarts with century-old blenders for two days of tea dances, pop-up afternoon tea, tea-themed street food stalls, traditional tea parties, and tea-themed cocktails and beer.
Fenwick Newcastle, The Vermont Hotel, SIX@BALTIC and The TeaShed present four pop-up tearooms, each with a different theme. and there will be 15 tea and cake stalls.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive of destination management and marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which produces EAT! NewcastleGateshead, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Port of Tyne on this year’s EAT! festival and particularly around Tea & Cake Planet.
“EAT! festival showcases the very best in North East food and the Port of Tyne is a great supporter of local producers, businesses and communities. Its support allows us to create more exciting experiences during EAT! and collaborate on events like Naked Feasts, which this year, will include a unique dinner on the Port of Tyne’s Swing Bridge platform.”