Feast by the Sea coming to Whitley Bay this summer

Details have been released of a new series of free pop up street food events coming to Whitley Bay this summer.

Over three weekends the Spanish City Plaza will be transformed – with giant yurts, stretch tents, street food trucks, bars and stalls – to become home to a Feast by the Sea, each event providing visitors with a different taste of the best street food available in the UK.

“Spanish City is once again one of the most iconic locations on the North East coast,” said Shelley Deakin, one of the organisers of Feast by the Sea.  “What we’re planning will certainly do justice to the setting._20A9829

“Street food has become so popular in recent years. It stands for quality and flavour. We are very excited about bringing together in one place so many fantastic producers,” she said.

“Street food is about getting out there with your family, meeting friends and having fun.  It’s a real celebration of life and love.”

The first Feast by the Sea takes place on 20th and 21st July. Others follow on 10th and 11th August and 7th and 8th September. All will open from 11am until 10pm on Saturday and from 11am to 7pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

Each event will showcase a different style of street food and there will also be live music, entertainment, a vintage family games area, bars and lifestyle talks on a range of subjects – from food and cocktail mixing to re-cycling. The events will be environmentally friendly. Single use plastic items, such as straws, are banned and producers will be encouraged to use biodegradable containers.

Shelley Deakin and her husband Mark have an impressive track record of delivering successful food and entertainment festivals since launching the North East Chilli Fest and Proper Food and Drink Festivals in 2012.shelley-and-mark-deakin-at-the-2016-south-shields-proper-food-and-drink-festival mouth-watering-food Both events have gone from strength to strength. The Whitley Bay Proper Food and Drink Festival returns to the town for the fifth time on 15th and 16th June. It is also being held on the Spanish City Plaza. For Festival by the Sea the couple have teamed up with a former colleague, Nigel Holliday. Together they used to run some of the Newcastle’s most popular events, clubs and bars.

“We’ve known each other for a long time and are delighted to be working together again. Nigel brings a lot of expertise and experience of developing pop up events,” said Mr Deakin.

“I would like to think that between us we have helped create in the North East an interest in well-run and innovative festivals – as well as an appetite for fantastic new types of food.”

He added: “We are always on the lookout for innovative new products and companies, so if you have something which you would look to showcase at the events please get in touch.”

Further details of each Feast by the Sea will be released in the coming weeks.