Thousands brave weather for annual food festival

Thousands of people defied bad weather forecasts and occasional heavy showers to attend the annual Tynemouth Food Festival last weekend.

The event, now in its third year, took place in the grounds of Tynemouth Priory and Castle for the first time and featured dozens of food producers selling a range of hot and cold artisan foods.

Tynemouth Food Festival.

Tynemouth Food Festival.

The historic Priory grounds provided a stunning backdrop to the event and gave visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of the site whilst supporting regional food businesses.

There were performances from local musicians and cookery demonstrations from some of the region’s leading culinary talent. Chefs donning their aprons for the special outdoor festival included Dan Duggan, head chef at Blackfriars Restaurant, John Carlton, head chef at the Staith House on North Shields Fish Quay and former North East Chef of the Year David Kennedy.

Money raised from the event will go towards Luke’s Lifelong Labour, a charity set up for Holystone youngster Luke Collins, who has a brain tumour.

Organisers are already planning to bring the event back to the historic location in May 2015.

Next month Whitley Bay’s first ‘Proper Food and Drink Festival’ will take place on the new Spanish City Plaza and organisers of that festival will also run an event in Northumberland Square, North Shields, in August.

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