North Shields’ Northumberland Square will play host to the third Proper Food and Drink Festival next weekend.
And organisers Mark and Shelley Deakin are hoping this year’s outing on August 30-31, boasting more than 100 artisan food and drink stalls, will surpass the success of 2013’s event.
Proper Food and Drink Festival events in South Shields and Whitley Bay earlier this year pulled in huge crowds, with many local traders getting a much needed financial boost.
The 2013 festival in North Shields had a huge impact on the area with shops reporting record days across the town centre.
Mark Deakin says: “We are delighted by the public’s response to our Proper Food and Drink Festivals. We have had fantastic feedback.
“The events are completely free to attend and include stalls with the best produce the North East has to offer, great street food and bars by Wylam Brewery, Pimms and Caribbean cocktails.
“We are looking forward to finishing our year of events where we first started, in Northumberland Square.”
Among the foodie names who will be laying out their stalls this year are Mr Vikki’s, Swallow Fish of Seahouses, Deli Churros, The Durham Brewery, Geordie Bakers, Papa Ganoush, Prince of Pies, the Northumberland Sausage Company and David Kennedy at Vallum.
There will also be live entertainment and cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend, which runs from 10am to 5pm both days.
The Proper Food and Drink Festivals this year signed a rolling sponsorship with County Durham-based egg producer Lintz Hall Farm which will also be exhibiting at the event.
Richard Tulip, the firm’s marketing director, says: “We are delighted to renew our sponsorship of the food festivals and are continuing our support of the local food scene through these events.”