We do like to be beside the seaside and this June will offer up even more reason to visit when The Proper Food and Drink Festival makes a return. The free-entry event, run by Mark and Shelley Deakin, will be back on June 15 and 16 at Whitley Bay's Spanish City Plaza which had been just newly-revamped at the time of last summer's event. The town's landmark will form a striking backdrop to the weekend festival which follows hot on the heels of the Whitley Bay carnival . And it promises to serve up a feast of treats from street food trucks; bars and stalls alongside a menu of live music and plenty of children's activities. Mark said: "We love going to all places but there is certainly something special about being next to Spanish City - and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. “We’ve been coming here when it was more like a building site than the iconic location it has become again, so we’re delighted that the new Spanish City is … [Read more...] about Whitley Bay to hosts Proper Food and Drink Festival this June
Thousands of hungry punters headed to Bents Park over the three-day event, which concludes today, to sample something a bit special from one of the stalls. While you tested out the treats and tried something new, we were there with our camera seeing what was in store. Cupcakes, anyone? jpimedia Buy a Photo Tasting the treats at the Proper Food and Drink Festival. jpimedia Buy a Photo A huge variety of food and drink to choose from. jpimedia Buy a Photo Thousands of people headed to the festival over the course of the bank holiday weekend. jpimedia Buy a Photo View more Page 1 of 8 … [Read more...] about Proper Food and Drink Festival brings thousands to South Shields
There's a unique charm you find with a Farmer's Market, not just the range of produce but the sights and smells. Being able to see the produce, taste it and of course smell items is appealing but having a chat with the stall holders reveals so much more about why such markets are an important part of our town. It's true the size and scale of the monthly market in the centre of Grimsby has diminished over the years but chatting to the farmers and traders also revealed their passion for their locally produced products. They don't just see it as a way to sell their goods but also to educate the public about where the food or craft is made and exactly what goes into each foodstuff. Some stalls have samples for you to 'try before you buy' whilst others can even cook up a burger for you to enjoy straightaway, before taking the un-cooked version home for another day's tea! One of the most dedicated patrons of the market is Oslinc, well known for being the home of the Lincolnshire ostrich - … [Read more...] about The fantastic food you can pick up in Grimsby once a month
A free-entry food festival will bring a host of street food trucks to North Shields over the early May Bank Holiday weekend. They will be setting up in the town's Northumberland Square for the return of the Proper Food and Drink Festival which will play out from May 4 until May 6 with the usual celebration of locally-produced food and drink against a live music backdrop. The event - its name capturing its 'quality without fuss' ethos - has taken place in North Shields each year since 2012 and has grown to become a popular showcase for dozens of artisan chefs, bakers and brewers. Run by husband and wife Mark and Shelley Deakin, as one of their regular Proper festivals across the region, they say it is increasingly seen by traders as a chance to bridge the gap from being talented amateurs to full-time professionals. Shelley said: “These are very important festivals for local producers as they provide a real opportunity for them to get face-to-face feedback from their … [Read more...] about North Shields to host Proper Food and Drink Festival over Bank Holiday
In Paris, the abandoned 16th century Saint-Vincent de Paul hospital campus has been reimagined as Les Grands Voisins, a "utopian village", with bars and restaurants, a flea market, greenhouses, football pitches, camping and more. It's one of the coolest places in the city. In Belfast, St George's Market (voted the UK's Best Large Indoor Market 2019) holds weekly food and craft markets, and a variety of cultural events such as Chinese New Year. The Friday variety market dates back to 1604, and is home to 300 market stalls selling everything from fish (there are 23 fish stalls), to fruit and vegetables, to antiques, books and clothes. The Saturday market offers a huge range of local and specialty foods as well as crafts, flowers, plants and local photography, pottery, glass and metal work, while the Sunday market is a mixture of the Friday and Saturday markets with a special emphasis on local arts and crafts, with live music from local bands. Cork has the English Market and Limerick … [Read more...] about Why doesn’t Dublin have a proper food market?