Festival aims to be bigger and better as it returns for fourth instalment

Visitors to a previous Tynemouth Food Festival . Photo by Barry Pells Photography
Visitors to a previous Tynemouth Food Festival . Photo by Barry Pells Photography

Food lovers are in for a treat when a popular festival makes a return for the fourth consecutive year.

Tynemouth Food Festival returns to the grounds of Tynemouth Priory and Castle over May 9 and 10, serving up a feast of culinary fare and live entertainment.

This year the festival is again at the Priory and Castle and this has enabled us to develop it from last year to make it even bigger and better

Sally Craigen, chair of the food festival committee

The event – organised by Tynemouth Business Forum – will be opened by the local Sea Cadets Band and aims to be bigger than ever.

There will be local chefs and producers, music, magic shows, children’s craft sessions, face painting and more than 60 market stalls and street food vendors.

Tickets are available from www.tynemouthfoodfestival.co.uk at £2.50 adult or £3.50 on the day. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Sally Craigen, chair of both the Tynemouth Business Forum and the food festival committee, said: “We are delighted to be raising money this year for the RNLI.

“The festival is again at the Priory and Castle and this has enabled us to develop it from last year to make it even bigger and better. The stalls will be inside a boarded marquee which will ensure better access for wheelchair users and pushchairs.”

“We do however have to charge a small admission fee, but feel that with the programme this year it will again be fantastic value.

“We were thrilled by the success of the previous Tynemouth Food Festivals with 10,000 people attending over a very wet weekend in 2014 and 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. However these are limited to 24 participants a session so tickets are limited.”

Sally added: “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.

“The setting is stunning and the atmosphere promises to be warm and friendly. We are very much looking forward to delivering an amazing fun packed weekend thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors and the volunteers who freely give up their time to help plan and run the event.

“Our aim has always been to encourage people to support local, put their money back into the regional economy and discover what a fantastic place Tynemouth and this part of the north east coast is.”

Among the producers taking part this year are Burtree Puddings, Geordie Bangers, Posh Pots, Wildon Grange, Durham Venison and Game, The French Oven and Wheatberry selling vegetarian and vegan salad boxes to take home.

Street food vendors will include Smoking Barbecue, Pizzette Monsieur Crepe, North Street East, Safari Event Catering, Tokyo Kitchen and Dil and the Bear.