12th – 13th August 2017
10am – 5pm
Ridley Park, Blyth
This year promises to be an extra tasty one with three new food festivals set to launch in the North East.
The Proper Food and Drink Festivals, organised by Mark and Shelley Deakin, have already proved themselves a popular addition to the region’s gourmet calendar with outings in North Shields, Whitley Bay and Cramlington in recent years.
Now the format is being rolled out to Blyth and Gateshead,
And details for a new event, The Great North Feast, set to take place in Bents Park, South Shields, are also being finalised for the bank holiday weekend between August 25 and 28.
Mark says: “The Great North Feast is going to be huge and amazingly exciting. It’s going to be a massive celebration of food and drink, but it will also bring together the community for a social eating experience which has never been seen before in the North East. We’ll also be trying to break loads of records.”
The first Proper Food and Drink Festival took place in North Shields in 2012. The events have attracted thousands of visitors since then and have been held in an increasing number of towns across the region.
“We’re always a little apprehensive about bringing the festival to new places,” explains Shelley. “But they’ve always gone so well. Last year’s first one in Cramlington was incredibly popular.
“Saltwell Park in Gateshead will be a fantastic location and we’ll be returning to Ridley Park, in Blyth, where we ran the Northumberland Village during the Tall Ships Regatta.”
During all the festivals there will be live music and a large choice of hot food and drink.
“I think we’ve got the recipe just about right,” Shelley adds. “We want to appeal to the growing number of people who appreciate and enjoy beautifully produced food and drink, but also couples and families who just want a great day out.”
Shelley and Mark Deakin
The events have proved a successful shop window for producers, generating enough interest to help some turn their passion into a living.
Mark says: “We’ve seen a lot of people develop and refine their offer, and we’ve shared with them the great satisfaction of seeing people queuing up to buy their product.
The first of 2017’s Proper Food and Drink Festivals will be held in Northumberland Square, North Shields, between April 29 and May 1. It will then move to Bents Park, South Shields, for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend between May 27 and 29.
This will be followed by Whitley Bay on June 17 and 18, and Cramlington on July 29 and 30.
On August 5 and 6, Gateshead’s Saltwell Park will stage its first Proper Food and Drink Festival before the debut event in Ridley Park, Blyth, the following weekend.
Using a smoking process utilised since 1883 in North Shields, Boulevard specialise in creating a unique range of smoked salts, peppercorns & garlic.boulevardcuisine.co.uk
Calder's Kitchen produce award winning, traditional homemade Piccalilli with a twist. Come and try our Traditional Piccalilli which won a Great Taste award in 2016, our Chillililli for those that like it hot and our Sillylilli...calderskitchen.co.uk
The great way to eat your potato with a twist.
Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen
Scones, cakes, tea breads, biscuits and tray bakes all handmade with recipes passed down through generations using only the best local ingredients possible.thechirnellsfarmhousekitchen.co.uk
Croque Tease puts the OO LA LA into street food. Serving up the cheesiest Croque Monsieurs and grilled cheese sandwiches, so good they will make you misbehave.
Cupcake & Co
Cupcake and Co are one of the region’s established cupcake producers, offering over 100 flavours and various styles. A full range of cupcakes will be on offer to satisfy any sweet tooth!
Churros is a fast food business. Churros are a type of sweet food, done with a simple dough deep fried in boiling sunflower oil.delichurros.co.uk
Dickies Nutz is a family run business dedicated to providing sweet and savoury nuts that are ‘clean’.dickiesnutz.com
Dough It yourself
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Earth & Fire Pizza
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Earth and fire Bakery
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Ellies (Named after her pet dog ) Sells delicous cupcakes and chocolate kisses
Fairley’s Fine Condiments is a truly local Geordie business using recipes handed-down through the generations. Our recipes burst with flavour, from traditional Victorian ketchups to chilli infused lip numbing hard-core versions.fairleys.co.uk
From our burger bar we provide 100% Northumbrian beef burgers with a selection of gourmet toppings and unique combos, homemade veggie burgers and fries.fat-hippo.co.uk
Flavour Magic, Gourmet producers of infused rock salts.flavourmagic.com
A range of luxury liqueurs handmade in Northumberland. Don't forget our famous Chocolate Vodka, and our range of savoury and spicy Vodka liqueurs.
Geordie Banger Company
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HANK BBQ - using both charcoal and gas we cook all our food to the highest standards ensuring flavour is the number one priority.
Hatch76 are rethinking the humble sandwich! It’s time someone took up the challenge and put some much needed love back into the nation's favourite. Gone are the days of boring breads with uninspired fillings. Hatch76...
The taste of Caribbean, a delicious authentic Caribbean food cooked to a traditional family recipe passed down to four generations. Curry goat and jerk chicken are our famous signature dishes cooked with love, all boneless...
Our Artisan chocolatiers will be delighted to introduce you to our fantastic creations. Let us tempt you to try our rich fire cracker truffles or our scrumptious dark chocolate and chilli fudges, hand made using...kenspeckle.co.uk
Kittys Ginger Wine
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Le Mini Macaron
Le Mini Macaron is a Newcastle based family company making traditional handmade french macarons. All their macarons are gluten free and made and filled with 100% natural ingredients. They provide bespoke macarons for occasions and events.leminimacaron.co.uk
Lintz Hall Farm
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Traditional Sweet and Savoury French Crepes filled with mouth watering gorgeousness.monsieurcrepe.co.uk
Bespoke multi award winning Indian Fusion chilli pickle producer in the Lake district. Dedicated to using fresh natural ingredients, that contain no gluten, wheat or dairy.mrvikkis.co.uk
Nibble nose cheese
We are a family run company, Mum, Dad, Brother and Sister and any other family members willing to put a hand in. We have great emphasis on local from our ingredients to our team helping...nibblenose.co.uk
100% Gluten Free! 100% Veggie/Vegan! 100% Gorgeous! Unique and award-winning gourmet chocolate bars made with the finest ingredients from North Chocolates, Artisan Business of the Year 2015.www.northchocolates.co.uk
Local producer of artisan cheeses, all of which are vegetarian and pasteurised. The range contains cow’s, goat’s, ewe’s and jersey cow’s milk cheeses.northumberland-cheese.co.uk
Northumberland Sausage Co
We are the Northumberland Sausage Company and we make sausages by hand within the heart of Northumberland in a range of exciting flavours.northumberlandsausagecompany.co.uk
Based in Northumberland and with a passion for local food, this mobile kitchen is the centre piece of many of the country's outdoor events.northumbrianfarmhouse.co.uk
On The Goa
At On The Goa we serve authentic Indian Street Food. We hope to share our experiences of the food and culture with you. Having fallen in love with the people, the place and the food,...facebook.com/onthegoa
Pamper yourself now
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Hello, my name is Pete and I like pease pudding. Pete’s Puddin’ is the first ever range of pease pudding offering a variety of flavoured puds! We call it proper pease because we think its...petespuddin.com
The world of wine can appear daunting, full of jargon and somewhat intimidating. Your personal home wine tasting is your opportunity to learn everything you always wanted to know about wine but were too afraid...pieroth.co.uk
RURAL is an organic Portuguese farmshop that specialises in premium organic foods and oak smoked meats.ruralproducts.co.uk
Perfect coffee at it's best – the way you like it! Premium ground roast beans and instant flavoured coffee and coffee accessories.
Screaming chimp Chilli sauces
Our home made Screaming Chimp Chilli sauces are delicious on all the meat you can eat, or fish you can dish, so do yourself a favour...buy yourself some flavour and Scream if you wanna go...screamingchimp.com
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Delicious, freshly handmade cheesecakes in a huge variety of flavours, using top quality ingredients. Orders taken for whole cakes.facebook.com/simplycheesecake.co.uk
Smokey Joe’s Traditional German Sausage
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Smokin Barbecue Co
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Handmade spice mixes, pickles, pastes and marinades. Try Raspberry & Chipotle ketchup, Carrot pickle or our famous Psycho Monkey if you dare!spicymonkey.co.uk
Stateside treat emporium
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Tandoori Naan Hut
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Tap Garden 100% natural handmade drinks, including our Lemonade and seasonal selections. With a choice of add in shots including hot chilli!
The Brownie Bar
Gorgeously gooey rich chocolate brownies and white chocolate blondies in a wide variety of flavours. Drizzle with our salted caramel sauce or bake your own brownies with our easy to use mix.thebrowniebar.co.uk
The Cherry tree preserves
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The French Oven
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The Fruit Kitchen
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The Little Fishy
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The Olive tree
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The Original Chocolate Dream
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The Sauce queen
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The Sghetti Monster
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Tokyo Kitchen is a pop up Japanese restaurant which offers honest Japanese food. All of our dishes are made fresh and best described as Japanese comfort food.
Tynemouth Coffee Company Artisan Roastery & Coffee Cart. We specialise in providing a bespoke coffee service at festivals and events throughout the UK.tynemouthcoffee.com
United Sweets of America
We are a premium American confectionery and beverage company specialising in the sale of your favourite American treats.unitedsweetsofamericaltd.co.uk
From his artisan dairy in an old POW camp, Simon Raine produces delicious white, blue and smoked cheeses; Weardale, Prince Bishop, St. Cuthbert, Bonny Moor Hen and Brie de Weardale!weardalecheese.net
Wiga Wagaa Chillies gives your food a kick. Tasty - but be careful how you use it!wigawagaa.com
Zapatista Burrito Bar
Mighty burritos to tingle your taste buds with fillings such as spicy shredded beef, char grilled chicken, sweet shredded pork, smokey chorizo and vegetarian chilli. Grab a Fistful of Mexican Flavours!zapatistaburrito.com
Salida – Chilled out acoustic Latin, samba, reggae – an eclectic mixture really. The band have been together for over 6 years performing covers ranging from Manu Chau to Bob Marley, sung in English, Spanish & Portugese. Classic tunes with a Salida twist.
Band – vocals Davy Allan, guitar Tom (Capo ) Ross, percussion Powerhouse Miguel Gomez and Matthew Ross. Currently writing their own songs, a recently recorded CD is now on sale.
A unique latin style vibe.
JustSO are David Stanyer and Olivia Morley. David (Former lead guitarist of North East band The Longsands), and Olivia started performing and writing together in 2015. Over the past two years they have made a big impression on the local pub scene as a duo performing original songs and covers ranging from the 60s through to modern day chart hits. In 2016 they had their full band debut supporting Scouting for Girls in front of a record breaking crowd at Northumberland Live in Blyth. This year the band will be performing at The North East Chilli Festival on Sunday 2nd July as part of their summer promotion tour for their forthcoming debut album.
Soul siren Eliza Lawson is a singer of the finest pedigree, brought up on the blues, raised on rock and fed on funk, she now sounds more Motown than Monkseaton. She’s joined by guitarist Nick Pride, a composer and songwriter who tours the UK and Europe with his funky soul band The Pimptones. They bring an acoustic set of soul, blues, jazz and grooves to capture your heart!