A look ahead to the Tynemouth Food Festival
PUBLISHED: 17:28 06 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:59 06 May 2013
Foodies of all ages can look forward to a second helping of some of the north's finest produce when a major food festival makes a welcome return this month.
Tynemouth Food Festival will again be serving up a fabulous feast of gastronomic fare following its spectacular debut last year when more than 18,000 people descended on the picturesque seaside village over the course of the main two day event.
There will be a double-sized helping of tasty treats on May 11-12 as this celebration of the region’s culinary heritage brings together local celebrity chefs, producers and gourmet fringe happenings.
Around 40 local producers will gather alongside street food vendors and village businesses, which will get into the spirit of the occasion with everything from wine and cheese tastings to cocktail making sessions.
Proceedings will start from May 9 with a week-long beer festival at Tynemouth’s Cumberland Arms showcasing more than 50 real ales.
This will coincide with three nights of pop-up restaurants at the village’s King’s School from May 8-10 from the multi-award winning teams at The Feathers Inn, Hedley-on-the-Hill, Northumberland, and Newcastle’s Blackfriars, finishing off with a special gala night from former North East Chef of the Year, David Kennedy.
These will serve as an appetizer to the main gastronomic extravaganza on May 11-12 which alongside the producer and street food stalls will see a series of 1940s-inspired retro tea dances organised by the Grand Hotel at Tynemouth Station and connoisseur chocolate tasting sessions with Davenport’s Chocolates.
Joining the event will be well known regional chefs and restaurateurs Troy Terrington, Bill Oldfield, David Kennedy, Ann Cudworth, Gareth Kyle, Simon Walsh and North Eastern Co-operative home economist Jill Weatherburn. They will be showcasing some of their favourite dishes on the festival’s state of the art demonstration stage.
There will also be an inter-secondary school Grand Junior MasterChef cooking contest with the winning team performing live on the demo kitchen on the Saturday, as well as a biscuit decorating competition for primary school pupils with winning entries going on show in village shops.
The event is organised by the Tynemouth Business Forum with the support of The Co-operative Membership, North Tyneside Council, Brannen and Partners and King’s School.
Sally Craigen, chair of both the Tynemouth Business Forum and the food festival committee, said: ‘We were bowled over by the success of the first Tynemouth Food Festival and visitors to this year’s event can expect even more culinary delights to whet their appetite.
‘It is the perfect opportunity for foodies to come and pay homage to this region’s superb home grown and home produced food and drink.’