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Street Spice @Life organisers turning up the heat

ORGANISERS of an Asian street food festival are turning up the heat in anticipation of the three-day spicy extravaganza next week.

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ORGANISERS of an Asian street food festival are turning up the heat in anticipation of the three-day spicy extravaganza next week.

Bob and Neeta Arora, owners of Sachins restaurant in Newcastle, are the organisers behind Street Spice @Life.

The festival will feature street food vendors and chef demos as well as live Indian music and entertainment.

It is set to take place in a heated marquee at Times Square, at the Centre for Life in Newcastle from February 28 to March 2. It promises to be a fusion of tastes, cultures and experiences and it’s free to enter.

Bob and Neeta explain the festival has been borne of a personal family tragedy. It follows the death last year of Neeta’s brother-in-law, bhangra musician Kuly Ral, from a brain tumour.

And funds raised from the spicy festival will go towards the charity Brain Tumour UK.

Bob adds: “The festival will be full of colour, full of spice – and Indian music to boot. I hope to get 20,000 people over the three days. It has really taken off on twitter too, where we have hundreds following us (@streetspice_Ncl).

“We’ll have about 20 hot food stalls and about eight to 10 cold stalls, selling brownies and cupcakes, warmed up with chilli or ginger or cinnamon. We have a great bunch of chefs doing demos and the music side will be amazing. We have DJs coming from Spice FM, based in Newcastle’s West End.

The street food on offer will include dishes from Argentina to Vietnam.

A fantastic line-up of chef demos is planned and street food vendors include the likes of David Kennedy of Food Social; Mark Lagun of Electric East; Popolo doing Asian pink cocktails; Wylam Brewery creating a special ale for the festival; the Rib Man (from Brick Lane, London); El Kantina with Mexican and Southern street food; The Hungry Gecko; Taste of Persia; and Riley’s Fish Shack, to name a few.

Street Spice@Life takes place at Times Square, Centre for Life, Newcastle, Feb 28-Mar 2. The event on Feb 28 and March 1 runs from 4-10pm and on Saturday, 12-10pm.

More details at and on twitter @StreetSpice_Ncl.

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