Love food? Love the seaside? Ready for something new? Get your taste buds ready – the first Tynemouth Food Festival will be taking place on May 12 and 13 in Tynemouth. Bring your shopping baskets and an appetite for the best food and drink that the North East has to offer.
In the run up to the festival weekend local high schools will be taking part in a Junior MasterChef style competition organized by The Grand Hotel, while the primary and junior schools will be trying their hands at icing and sprinkles in a cake decorating competition. The colourful – and possibly sticky – results will be displayed in shops around the village over the weekend, while the winning Junior MasterChef team will be demonstrating their dish at a state-of-the-art mobile demonstration kitchen at The King’s School.
A full line up of celebrity chefs from across the region will be sharing their skills in the demonstration kitchen over the weekend, with names like Graeme Cuthell from Irvin’s Brasserie and Adam Hegarty from Six at Baltic taking to the stage.
Former North East Chef of the Year, David Kennedy, is opening a three night pop-up Restaurant at Café K at The King’s School on 9,10 and 11 May, featuring Northumbrian tapas, a Spring Menu and a 5-course Tasting Menu.
If talk of all this food is making you thirsty The Cumberland Arms on Front Street will be holding a week long Real Ale Festival with a wide selection of seasonal and artisan beers on offer, some of which have never been seen before in the North East.
The Festival, which has been organized by the Tynemouth Business Forum, hopes to build on the success of last year’s VW Classic Volkswagen Rally and attract lots of people to the area.
Forty stallholders selling food and drink from across the region and beyond will fill the Queen Victoria park across the road from Front Street. Confirmed stall include Kitty’s Homemade Ginger Wine, The NZ Gourmet Pie Company, Doddington Dairy and Safari Event Catering – crocodile sosatie anyone?
Restaurants and cafes in the village will be hosting Food Festival themed events including wine and cheese tasting at The Deli Around the Corner, a celebration of British cakes at the Priory Café, beer and food tasting sessions at the Priory Pub, a cocktail master class at Lola Jeans, fajitas at Luis, a chocolate master class by Gareth James at the King’s School and special discount offers at many more places.
Tickets for David Kennedy’s pop-up restaurant are now on sale at The Cumberland Arms, Children of the Revolution and The Deli Around The Corner.
Programmes will be available during the weekend with full event listings so you don’t miss out!
(Katherine is one of the Tynemouth Business Forum members helping to arrange the event.)
by Katherine Wildman © 2012
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