Free food and drink event returns to South Shields for Bank Holiday

Lovers of locally produced food and drink are in for a treat over the Bank Holiday weekend when a popular free event returns to South Shields.

The Proper Food and Drink Festival – taking place in Bents Park on Saturday, Sunday and Monday – provides a showcase for dozens of artisan chefs, bakers and brewers and is expected to attract thousands of visitors. The South Shields Proper Food and Drink Festival

The name of the event reflects its organisers’ aim to provide quality without fuss. Meals and snacks are served up at street food trucks. Bars will quench festival-goers’ thirsts, and numerous stall-holders will be selling food and drink to take home to try.  There is also loads of live music and plenty of activities for children to enjoy.

The South Shields Proper Food and Drink Festival is open from 10am to 5pm each day and entrance is free.

“These are very important festivals for local producers as they provide a perfect opportunity for them to get face-to-face feedback from their customers – and as a result they really pull out all the stops,” said Shelley Deakin who, with her husband Mark, runs the event.

Proper Food and Drink Festivals started in 2012 and over the years many producers have used them as a stepping stone to bridge the gap from being talented amateurs to full-time professionals.IMG_4843Rob Harrison (left) and Danny Kowalczyk of Goodtimes Tacos hard at work

“It’s fantastic to see how they’ve progressed,” said Mark.  “Some have opened their own restaurants, while these events have helped others to realise just how good they are.

“We’re always delighted to bring the festival back to South Shields – and this year it will be better than ever.”

The first Proper Food and Drink Festival of 2019 was held in North Shields earlier this month.  After South Shields it visits Whitley Bay and Gosforth. Later this summer Bents Park will play host to the third Great North Feast, which is also organised by the Deakins.  It takes place over the August Bank Holiday and entrance is free.

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