Food fans can rejoice as NewcastleGateshead’s acclaimed EAT! Festival is back for its now annual summer outing.
Proceedings got under way on Friday and will be running until August 17.
This year the event is taking inspiration from the natural beauty of the North East and going al fresco with a programme of foodie events and experiences that celebrate local talent and the nation’s love of outdoor dining.
Among the delights being dished up are a series of adventurous Naked Feasts taking place at stunning outdoor locations across NewcastleGateshead.
Eleven themed feasts inspired by family, community, history, art and summer are planned between now and August 16 – all prepared by the region’s best up-and-coming chefs.
Locations include the rooftop of The Vermont Hotel, the Toffee Factory, a Byker community garden, an orchard at Rising Sun Farm and for one special evening Dunston Staiths, which will open to the public following a 30 year closure for a dinner experience high above the River Tyne.
On August 14 Supperclub chef and food blogger Anna Hedworth will create a menu of dishes inspired by the Staiths’ 120 year history.
EAT! Out is taking a trip to the coast and countryside for a series of fishing and foraging workshops today and tomorrow, led by wild food experts. Venues include Chopwell Woods, Gateshead, and the Rising Sun Country Park, Newcastle, as well as Tynemouth Pier and North Shields Fish Quay.
The Kids Cook School @ Fenwick is on until August 15, and invites budding bakers to don their chefs’ whites for a series of cookery classes every morning and afternoon.
The mouth-watering creations can be enjoyed at the giant EAT! kitchen table or taken home in a goody bag.
And this year the EAT! Out Food Heroes Festival between August 15-17 will have a dramatic new twist as cook Gareth Kyle attempts to break the world record for the world’s longest chef demonstration.
Running alongside Gareth’s cook-off will be the Food Heroes Market featuring a handpicked selection of the North East’s finest food and drink producers as well as innovative street food stalls, local craft ales and some fun foodie activities for all the family.
EAT! Street will deliver the very best street food from the region’s restaurants and traders.
For all the latest updates and more information on EAT! Out and all the other events taking place during the festival, go to www.eatnewcastlegateshead.com .
EAT! Out’s sister event, EAT! In will take place between February 21 and March 2 next year.