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TASTY DATES: Top North East Food Festivals for 2019

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The North East has a fast developing reputation as one of the most up and coming regions in the country for the quality and diverse range of its food and drink. The 2019 calendar is already filling up with culinary festivals and markets. Here are just some of the regions events already confirmed for this year. 

These festivals 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. This year’s confirmed events are: North Shields 4-6 May; South Shields 25-27 May; Whitley Bay 15-16 June; Gosforth July 13-14. Finally, the Great North Feast, South Shields August 24-26 a massive celebration of food and drink, bringing together the community for a social eating experience which has never been seen before in the North East.

The fastest growing food festival in the region returns to this burgeoning County Durham town on 13 and 14 April with a programme of workshops, chef demonstrations and more.

The tenth annual event is scheduled for 3 – 5 May at the ground of Gateshead Rugby Club at Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell. As well as ales and ciders produced locally and from around the country, hot and cold food will be available along with Cava, gin and whisky. There will also be a full programme of live music, with a mix of genres including soul, rock, indie, folk, irish, tibutes and even male voice choirs.

This year sees the first ever Seaham Food Festival taking place on 8 and 9 June. Set in the lively harbour town, the festival will bring a host of culinary delights to Durham’s heritage coast, with top chefs, fabulous traders and producers, and tasty demonstrations to get the taste buds tingling.

Since its inception in 2010, the Chilli Festival has grown from a one day event into a 3 day music and food celebration. This year the festival will take place at Meggies Burn Fields on Blyth seafront from 5-7 July, and, as the name suggests, will feature an array of spicy treats to tempt, and definitely tingle the taste buds! The main stage will play host to a variety of local and national bands, as well as the infamous chilli eating competition!

Now in its 12th Year, the Berwick Food and Beer Festival is taking place from 6 – 8 September, and is a must for anyone interested in great tasting food and beer. Organised by Berwick Slow Food, and held in the magnificent surroundings of the towns 18th Century Barracks, the entrance fee to the festival also grants you access to the museums many informative exhibits.In addition to over 80 stalls of the finest local and regional produce and beers there is also a selection of wine, gin champagne and cocktails too. There are cookery demonstrations, information stands, an animal farm, foodie films and live music.

Scheduled for 5 and 6 October, it’s still early days but more than 50,000 people attended last year’s event so planning is already under way for the sixth annual event which is sure to be a big attraction in the town.

This is to take place from 24, 25, 26 October at Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle. Craft brewers will run their own bars and visitors will be able to chat to staff about their products. Also promised are a gin palace, a wine cellar, cider, street food and music.