Whitley Bay food festival hailed a big success

Thousands of people descended on Whitley Bay for the very best in street food, craft beer and cocktails, and live music.

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 5:52 pm
Updated Friday, 13th September 2019, 11:09 am
Crowds flocked to the Feast by the Sea held at the Spanish City Plaza.

The third and final Feast by the Sea of 2019 attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the Spanish City Plaza.

Although August’s Feast was cancelled because of bad weather, the festivals in July and September proved to be stunning successes and plans are already being drawn up for next year.

Mark Deakin from the Feast Pop Ups company, which runs the events, said: “Great location, great food and drink and great music.

Whitley Bay schoolgirl Sarita Playfair.

“We’re delighted with how much people have enjoyed the Feasts by the Sea and they’ve provided a real taste of what’s to come next year.”

As well as bringing the Feast by the Sea back to Whitley Bay, the organisers intend to stage a number of other events in 2020 including Feast in the Park and Feast in the City.

Throughout the summer the Feast by the Sea has provided a showcase for local musical talent, such as Love Like This and Salida.

At the weekend festival goers were also treated to a performance by 13-year-old Whitley Bay schoolgirl Sarita Playfair.

“She was absolutely amazing,” said Nigel Holliday, for Feast Pop Ups. “I’m sure she’s got a fantastic career ahead of her.”

Sarita’s mum Edith said her daughter – a pupil at the Kings Priory School in Tynemouth – started singing before she could talk.

Edith said: “I was really proud of her. Every time she sings it feels like it’s the first time I’ve seen her.

“She says she just needs a little help with her technique because she is already amazing.”

Although the summer festivals have now finished, Mark Deakin and his wife Shelley are busy with a new venture which will create up to ten new jobs.

They have bought the popular Salt House bar and eatery in Cullercoats which closed earlier this year.

The Deakins are going to keep the Salt House name but when it re-opens later this Autumn the bar will have a Spanish/Ibizan theme.