Food festival heading back to Whitley Bay

A food festival is heading back to Whitley Bay – this time taking people on a trip down memory lane.

By David Sedgwick
Wednesday, 07 August, 2019, 08:46
Around 20,000 people attended the first Feast by the Sea on Whitley Bay’s Spanish City Plaza.

After the success of its debut last month, the Feast by the Sea is heading back to Whitley Bay’s Spanish Plaza.

As well as a world menu of freshly cooked snacks, meals and drinks to choose from, the Feast has a special theme – Vintage Seaside Revival.

Visitors can enjoy a walk down memory lane as they flick through collections of vintage vinyl and buy sweatshirts, clothing and jewellery to remind them of their younger days. There will also be traditional fairground rides and sideshow games.

Shanty Town coming to Feast by the Sea at the weekend.

The inaugural Feast by the Sea, held in July, attracted more than 20,000 people.

It is taking place on Saturday from 11am to 10pm and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

Among the musicians performing is Jay Francis, who will be singing George Michael songs on Saturday night.

Jay said: “Every weekend was spent in Whitley Bay when I was a kid. I used to go down with my gran. Then, when I was a teenager, we used to listen to all the George Michael and Wham stuff walking round Spanish City.

“I’ve not been back there for a long time, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

The other artists taking to the stage over the weekend are Salida, Tex, Soul’d Out Trio, David Stoke, Connor Pattison, Conner Haley, Brett Galloway, Jodie Fitzgibbon and Zack Hammond.

The event is the brainchild of Mark Deakin and his wife Shelley, who have teamed up with Nigel Holliday.

Mark said: “We were delighted by the impact of the first Feast and can’t wait for the next one.

“Although food, drink and live music is obviously the main focus of each weekend, we like to add a little something extra. Everybody has happy memories of summers by the sea and that’s why we came up with the idea of a Vintage Seaside Revival.”

There are nearly 20 food traders coming to the Feast this weekend including Piggie Smalls, Smokiedokies, Med Heads, Goodtimes Tacos, Fowl Play, Sprinkled Ices, Lebanese Food Truck, Shanty Town, Deli Churros, Phi Pie Greek, The Little Fishy, Whitley Bay Pizza Co, Parm-O-Rama, The Brownie Bar, Divine Caribbean Cuisine and Ellie’s Cupcake Kitchen.

The third Feast by the Sea – and last of the summer – takes place on September 7 and 8 when one of the highlights will be a Street Food Battle.