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Tynemouth Food Festival returns with local delicacies aplenty

The fourth Tynemouth Food Festival will see the seaside town become a magnet for lovers of top nosh

Carol Furness Something tempting at Tynemouth Food Festival
Something tempting at Tynemouth Food Festival

Tynemouth Food Festival will again serve up a feast of fabulous culinary fare and live entertainment on May 9-10.

This is the fourth outing for the increasingly popular food festival.

Held in the picturesque location of Tynemouth Priory and Castle, organisers are promising a double-sized helping of tasty treats with this celebration of the region’s culinary heritage bringing together local chefs and producers along with free live entertainment.

More than 60 producers and street food vendors will be laying out their stalls, with Tynemouth’s Barca Art Café providing the bar.

Among the foodie names taking part are the Bernie Bumm Sauce Company, Burtree Puddings, Durham Venision and Game, Kenspeckle Confectionery, No Muu dairy free chocolates and cakes, Northumberland Cheese Company, Riverford Organics, The Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen, and vegan and vegetarian venture Wheatberry.

Street food vendors confirmed are Smoking Barbecue, Pizzette, Monsieur Crepe, North Street Feast, Safari Event Catering, Tokyo Kitchen and Tynemouth’s Dil and the Bear café.

The well-known local chefs who will be demonstrating their skills include Dave Coulson of Jesmond’s Peace and Loaf, Simon Walsh, who is involved in Tynemouth’s new Longsands Fish Kitchen, and Christopher Wardale from Blackfriars in Newcastle.

Carol Furness Quality street food will be on sale at Tynemouth Food Festival
Quality street food will be on sale at Tynemouth Food Festival

Davenport’s Chocolates and the Northumberland Sausage Company will also be running special workshops.

The food festival is put on by the Tynemouth Business Forum and chair of the organising committee, Sally Craigen, of the village’s award-winning Martineau Guest House, believes this year’s outing will be the best yet.

“The festival is again at Tynemouth Priory and Castle, which has enabled us to develop it from last year to make it even bigger and better,” she says.

“We were thrilled by the success of last year’s Tynemouth Food Festival, with 10,000 people attending over the weekend. Visitors to this year’s event can expect more culinary delights to whet their appetite along with a host of free live entertainment.

“We are pleased to be offering free sausage making workshops this year run by the popular Northumberland Sausage Company.

“The connoisseur chocolate sessions with Davenport’s Chocolates will be a chance to learn a new skill and gain professional tips to try at home.

“Head chocolatier, Jane Williams, will also lead people through a taste of some of her latest creations.

Davenports chocolates
Davenports chocolates

“That’s not to mention the amazing array of street food from across the globe and, of course, the producers themselves who will be laying out their stalls over the weekend.

“Tynemouth Food Festival is the perfect opportunity for foodies to come and pay homage to this region’s superb home grown and home produced food and drink.”

Sally adds that the aim of the food festival has always been to encourage people to support local, put their money backing into the area’s economy and discover Tynemouth and this part of the North East coast.

Tickets for Tynemouth Food Festival can be bought in advance online from www.tynemouthfoodfestival.co.uk at £2.50 or on the day at £3.50, with children under 16 admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

A free festival programme can be downloaded from the website or picked up at the event and from various locations around Tynemouth.

Tickets for both the sausage making workshops on the Saturday and the chocolate sessions taking place on both days, are free but limited to a set number and will be issued on a first come first served basis from the food festival information stand.

To keep up-to-date with the latest news log-on to the Tynemouth Food Festival Facebook page or Twitter: @TynemthFoodFest

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