A feast of food at Whitley Bay
A feast of treats will be on offer as a popular festival heads to Whitley Bay this weekend.
The first of three new street food extravaganzas will be at the Spanish City Plaza on Saturday and Sunday.
Each free-to-enter Feast by the Sea will treat visitors to a taste of the best street food available in the UK.
There will be giant yurts, stretch tents, stalls, bars and numerous kitchen trucks serving up freshly cooked meals and snacks as well as live music, entertainment, and a vintage family games area.
Among the food providers will be Goodtimes Tacos, the brainchild of former baker Danny Kowalczyk from Gosforth, which will bring a Mexican flavour to the feast, and Nomad Curries – launched by Peter and Paula Horsley from Gateshead – who will provide high quality vegan food.
The Feast by the Sea is open from 11am to 10pm on Saturday and from 11am to 7pm on Sunday.
It returns on August 10 and 11 plus September 7 and 8.
The event is the idea of Mark and Shelley Deakin – the couple behind the Proper Food and Drink Festivals – who have teamed up with a former colleague, Nigel Holliday.
Mark said: “We’ve known each other for a long time and are delighted to be working together again.
“I would like to think that between us we have helped create in the North East an interest in well-run and innovative festivals – as well as an appetite for fantastic new types of food.”
Last month’s Whitley Bay Proper Food and Drink Festival attracted record crowds and the Deakins say they are delighted to be able to return to the same location so soon.
Shelley said: “Spanish City is once again one of the most iconic locations on the North East coast.
“What we’re planning will certainly do justice to the setting.
“Street food has become so popular in recent years. It stands for quality and flavour. We are very excited about bringing together in one place so many fantastic producers.
“Street food is about getting out there with your family, meeting friends and having fun. It’s a real celebration of life and love.”