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March 2015

Cobalt Easter Afternoon

March 26, 2015
HP Site Cobalt Business Park, Silver Fox Way
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE27 0QJ United Kingdom
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From 11am-2pm, you can grab some cracking (sorry) Easter goodies (and lots of bars of course) at the HP Site of Cobalt Business Park.

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April 2015

Morpeth Easter Eggstravaganza!

April 4, 2015
Morpeth Sanderson Arcade, Town Centre
Morpeth,
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The beautiful little market town of Morpeth will be hosting its Easter Special, along with Justin and Kelly from Heart breakfast show (now calm yourselves), free face painting, stilt walkers, Easter egg hunt and, saving the best for last, award-winning chef, Terry Laybourne cooking live in the Piazza Area from 12pm. And North will have our jubilicious jewel eggs... 9am-4pm    

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Bishop Auckland Food Festival

April 18, 2015 - April 19, 2015
Bishop Auckland Market Square, Market Square/Town Hall
Bishop Auckland,
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Oh this is a corker! Bish pulls out all the stops and this year's no different with star of Sunday Brunch Simon Rimmer rattling a few pans, stars of The Great British Bake Off doing things, as only they can, with flour and eggs and of course the best of food and drink from across the region. Sat: 9.30-5pm, Sun: 10-4pm  

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May 2015

Tynemouth Food Festival

May 9, 2015 - May 10, 2015
Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth + Google Map

Set in the stunning grounds of English Heritage's Tynemouth Priory & Castle you will not find a better view on this planet while eating a pie. From artisan breads and cheeses to wine and local ales with fab demos from Dan Duggan, Head Honcho at Newcastle's renowned and award-winning Blackfriars Restaurant. Sat: 9-5pm, Sun: 10-4pm - please note tickets are required - see website

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The Late Shows: Ouseburn Fiesta, !Vamos!

May 15, 2015 - May 16, 2015
Toffee Factory, Lower Steenbergs Yard, Ouseburn
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2DF United Kingdom
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Arriba! Arriba! To celebrate the Year of Mexico the Toffee Factory and !VAMOS! are shaking everyone's maracas with Mexican madness a-go-go. With the brilliant, all female, Mariachi Las Adelitas mariachi band belting it out, nab a cocktail, grab some food and perhaps partake of one of North chocolates Frida Kahlos. Don't know what they are? Well come and find out. Ándale! Ándale! 7pm-11pm, NB: North and Frida will be appearing on the Friday evening only.  

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Jesmond Food Market

May 16, 2015
Jesmond Food Market, Armstrong Bridge
Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne,
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Well this is the new kid on the block and it's gone past its teething stage straight to University judging by its first outing! Organised by the great and the good in Newcastle who love food, events and showing people a good time find a way to come down, say hello and get a taste of the North East on your doorstep. 10am-3pm

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South Shields Proper Food Festival

May 23, 2015 - May 25, 2015
South Shields Proper Food Fest, Bents Park + Google Map

Brought to you by the fabulous PFF guys this is a food festival to get your juices going in more ways than one. Delicious grub, artisan producers, DJs and live music bring an atmosphere like no other. Sat, Sun & Mon: 10-5pm

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Vallum Farm Samples Day!

May 30, 2015
Vallum Farm, Military Road, East Wallhouses
Newcastle upon tyne, NE18 0LL
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If you've never been to Vallum Farm ask yourself one question: 'Why not?' The 'foodie gateway to Hadrian's Wall', Vallum is a cafe, ice-cream parlour, superb restaurant and a shop where you can get home-made cheeses, breads, cakes and, wait for it, North Chocolates! To celebrate all that is marvellous with Vallum, North will be there with samples and chit-chat if you fancy a great day out. 10am-3pm

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June 2015

Quorum Summer Fete

June 3, 2015
Quorum Business Park, Benton Lane
Newcastle upon tyne, United Kingdom
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Oh, those good folks at Quorum Business Park are organising their very own summer fete for staff and guests! Great food and drink producers, gifts, music and, hold on to your straw hats, a free glass of Pimms on arrival! 11.30-2.30pm

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Whitley Bay Proper Food Festival

June 13, 2015 - June 14, 2015
Whitley Bay, Spanish City Boulevard + Google Map

Hey ho! Right on the coast you can grab a bar of your favourite chocolate (ie. North), whip your socks and shoes off and dip your toe in the deep blue sea whilst enjoying the beats, booze and bounty from one of the best food fests in the country! Sat & Sun: 10-5pm

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August 2015

Cobalt Summer Market

August 26, 2015
HP Site Cobalt Business Park, Silver Fox Way
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE27 0QJ United Kingdom
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  If your hols are over or are just beginning head down to Cobalt Business Park and nab a few bars to cheer you up or for the journey! 11.30am-2pm

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North Shields Proper Food Festival

August 29, 2015 - August 30, 2015
North Shields, Northumberland Square + Google Map

The final one of the PFF season and boy does it go with a bang(er). Great street food, arisan produce, DJs, licensed bars - they've got the lot. Make it a bank holiday to remember. Sat & Sun: 10-5pm

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September 2015

Berwick Food & Beer Festival

September 4, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Berwick, Barracks & Main Guard Parade + Google Map

Organised by Slow Food Berwick and held in the magnificent surroundings of the town's 18th Century barracks this is a cracker of a festival with demos, supberb beers and some brilliant food stalls.  Food: Sat: 10-5pm, Sun: 10-4pm See website for Beer opening times

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Alnwick Food Festival: A Taste of the North

September 19, 2015 - September 20, 2015
Alnwick Festival: Taste of the North, Market Place
Alnwick,
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It may be a slightly smaller affair than of late to give the organisers a breather ready for next year but this is a fab foody heaven with fantastic stalls, a Taste of the North trail, entertainment and local crafts in one of the best market towns Northumberland has to offer. Sat 10-5pm, Sun 10-4pm    

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October 2015

Eat! Food Festival with Rugby World Cup 2015

October 3, 2015 - October 10, 2015
Newcastle Monument Newcastle upon Tyne, + Google Map

Oh my, there'll be balls aplenty when the Rugby World Cup hits Newcastle this October. And you'll be needing a little pick-me-up with all that action so head to the Monument where fab stalls and the best street food this city has to offer will cater to your every need...well most of 'em. Sat 3rd Oct: 9am-5pm, Fri 9th Oct: 9am-5pm, Sat 10th Oct: 9am-5pm

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Jesmond Food Market

October 17, 2015
Jesmond Food Market, Armstrong Bridge
Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne,
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This cracker of a market has gone from strength to strength with the good people of Jesmond and beyond filling their boots with the best food there is. Miss it at your peril - or until next month... 10am-3pm

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Brockbushes ‘Halloween Maze’

October 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - October 31, 2015 @ 9:30 pm
Brocksbushes Farm, Styford Roundabout
Stocksfield, NE43 7UB
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Are you a wimp or a warrior? The largest UK haunted maze is about to scare the bezeebies out of you for a whole week! So to gird your loins make sure you nab some spooky North chocs and a Northumberland Sausage bap before you start! Book your tickets to avoid disappointment!! Each evening: 6.30pm-9.30pm.

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Kirkharle Christmas Fair

October 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015
Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirharle, nr Kirkwhelpington
Newcastle upon Tyne,
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Kick off your Christmas shopping at this lovely, relaxed fair. It's going to be a doozer this year with over 40 food and craft stalls at the home of Capability Brown where there's tonnes of shops and a fabulous cafe to boot. Fri 10am-4.30pm, Sat 10am-4.30pm

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November 2015

Living North Christmas Fair

November 5, 2015 - November 8, 2015
Living North, Newcastle Racecourse
Gosforth,
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It's bigger, it's better, it's back! Make a day of it here (or heck the weekend, there's that much to see) as Living North bring the best of interiors, food, crafts, demos, book signings and plenty of gifts to really get Christmas sorted. Nab a glass of prosecco, have lunch and then start shopping all over again. Thurs/Fri/Sat: 10-5pm, Sun: 10-4pm.    

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Brocksbushes Xmas Fair

November 14, 2015 - November 15, 2015
Brocksbushes Farm Shop, Styford Roundabout
Stocksfield, Northumberland,
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One of the biggies in the county! Christmas Gift and Craft Marquees galore to get you in the festive spirit and North will be there, one suspects, complete with Santa hat. You have been warned... Sat & Sun: 10am - 4.30pm.  

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Wynyard Hall Christmas Fayre

November 20, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Set in the beautiful grounds of Wynyard Hall, this fair has over 150 exhibitors offering everything from decorations and fashion to books, toys and edible goodies with seasonal entertainment and even afternoon tea to get you in the Christmas spirit. Fri/Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm.

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Jesmond Food Market

November 21, 2015
Jesmond Food Market, Armstrong Bridge
Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne,
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It's getting nearer Christmas so we suspect this will be a cracker of a day. We're hoping for sightings of Santa, Rudolph and roasted chestnuts. 10am-3pm

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Team Valley Christmas

November 26, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Team Valley, Team Valley Trading Estate + Google Map

There will be Mulled Wine. Need we say anything more? No. Well, okay then - as well as over 100 stalls and brill food the big guy in the red suit will also be visiting and any money he raises will be given to a local children’s charity. Great, central fair that gets better every year. Thurs to Sun: times tbc.

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Rival Arts Christmas Fair

November 28, 2015 - November 29, 2015
Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham
Northumberland,
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In the fabulously warm Wentworth Centre with loads of free parking outside you'll be able to get some cracking gifts at this fab event as well as being able to sing along to the inevitable Xmas toons. Like what we do. You've been warned. Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm.

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December 2015

Durham Chrismas Festival

December 4, 2015 - December 6, 2015
Durham Cathedral Cloisters, Durham Cathedral
Durham,
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This is one of our faves - set in the magnificent Durham Cathedral's Cloisters this is as atmospheric as it can get. It's crackers, it's busy with tonnes going on so gird your loins and jump in. You won't be disappointed. Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 12-4pm.

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Toffee Factory Xmas Extravaganza

December 10, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Toffee Factory, Lower Steenbergs Yard, Ouseburn
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2DF United Kingdom
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Set in the heart of the creative Ouseburn hub this is where North nabs a few last-minute pressies as there's always something new, fresh and exciting for sale - including North Chocolates! A festive treat. 4pm-9pm

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Hexham Christmas Festival

December 11, 2015 - December 12, 2015
Hexham Xmas Market, Market Square
Hexham,
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One of the last ones and always a fave. Always a fab atmosphere with singing and chestnuts and lots for the kids to do. How Christmassy is that?! Fri: 2pm-8pm, Sat: 9am-4pm.  

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North Shields Christmas Victorian Market

December 12, 2015 - December 13, 2015
North Shields Victorian Christmas Market, Market Place
North Shields,
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Look if you want to see North dressed up as a Victorian lady then put this event in your diary. It's a corker of a weekend, the highlight of the Xmas calendar and we're all in a good mood as we're on the home strait! Or is that straight? Hey it's Christmas let's not split hairs. Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm.

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January 2016

Brocksbushes Sampling Day

January 30, 2016
Brocksbushes Farm Shop, Styford Roundabout
Stocksfield, NE43 7UB
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The delightful and delovely Brocksbushes Farm Shop is now stocking North Chocs and to celebrate North will be there this Saturday along with other suppliers for a little sampling session! How about trying our new Valentine's Bar - Nutty For You - with a crisp, crunchy hazelnut praline? It's sure to get the heart racing... 11am-3pm

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February 2016

Brocksbushes Sampling Day

February 27, 2016
Brocksbushes Farm Shop, Styford Roundabout
Stocksfield, Northumberland,
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It's Mum's Day on the 6th of March so how better to tell her you love her than hot-footing it to Brocksbushes Farm Shop and buying her some chocolate and other goodies in advance? Heck, bring her along! 11am-1.30pm

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March 2016

Kendal Festival of Food

March 12, 2016 - March 13, 2016
Kendal Food Festival – Town Centre, Market Place
Kendal, United Kingdom
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Set in the heart of the Lakes where, despite all the trauma with the floods, the good folk of Cumbria roll their sleeves up yet again to organise one of the best spring festivals you could ask for. Demos from coffee roasting, food photography and of course, North's Bev Stephenson, fab beer festival and even a 'Bake a Cake' will be going on with some of the North West/East's finest artisan producers. On Saturday evening North is teaming up with Whisky Corner…

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Meet The Maker – Trade only

March 17, 2016
Hexham Mart, Tyne Green
Hexham, NE46 3SG
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For all shop, cafe and deli owners out there who are looking to nab some quality stock then head to this year's Meet The Maker. North will be there, along with a whole array of producers from card and print designers to jewellery makers. You can have a proper chat, see what's out there and perhaps get some new suppliers there and then! Trade only: 10am-2.30pm

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Jesmond Food Market

March 19, 2016
Jesmond Food Market, Armstrong Bridge
Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne,
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Jesmond Food Marke

Calling all foodies! The ever popular Jesmond market is back and North will be making a guest appearance with some Easter crackers including Jewel Popping Candy Mini Easter Eggs, our gorgeous range of gourmet chocolate bars and little Easter treats to surprise and delight you. 10am-3pm

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Brocksbushes Easter Egg Safari Hunt

March 26, 2016
Brocksbushes Farm & Tea Shop, Styford Roundabout
Stocksfield , NE43 7UB
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This should be in every families Easter Calendar; there are bunnies in burrows, hidden eggs, rides on tractors and a sampling session with North on the Saturday! If that's not 100% Bunny I don't know what is...Tickets are required for the Easter rides - contact Brocksbushes direct. 11am-3pm

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April 2016

Living North Spring Fair

April 15, 2016 - April 17, 2016
Living North, Newcastle Racecourse
Gosforth,
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Hey it must be spring now - Living North Live's back! This is a day out - huge amount of things to see from furniture and clothes, jewellery to a fab food hall, come early, break for lunch with a cheeky prosecco and then start again! Get your tickets early folks. Fri: 10am-4pm, Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm  

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Bishop Auckland Food Festival

April 23, 2016 - April 24, 2016
Bishop Auckland Market Square, Market Square/Town Hall
Bishop Auckland,
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Bishop Auckland goes all out to make this one of the most fun festivals folks have the good fortune to go to. There's tonnes of events, producers, demos and the odd 6ft seagull... Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm  

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Fenwick Spring Fair

April 30, 2016 - May 1, 2016

If you've never been in Fenwick's stunning new food hall and had a munch in one of their new restaurants then this weekend's the time to do it as North will be launching their new bar - Licorice & Blackcurrant - with samples galore! It's not for everyone but if you like licorice we think we could be onto a winner. It's our new favourite... Sat: 10-4pm, Sun: 11-4pm

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May 2016

Tynemouth Food Festival

May 7, 2016 - May 8, 2016
Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth + Google Map

This is set in the beautiful grounds of Tynemouth Priory and probably the nicest place to partake of a pie (or whatever takes your foodie fancy) in the whole of the North East festival calendar. Fabulous stalls, as you would expect, but demos, street food, a tipple tent and a cracking atmosphere with sea views. Simply a must but make sure you buy your entry tickets in advance - see their website below. Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 10am-6pm

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Distinctly Delicious Darlington Festival of Food

May 14, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Distinctly Delicous Darlington Festival of Food, High & West Row
Darlington,
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Oh, a new one for North so this should be interesting set in the beautiful town of Darlo! There's chef and mixology demos, loads of stuff for the kids to do and gorgeous gourmet chocolates from yours truly! Sat & Sun: 10am-5pm  

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South Shields Proper Food Festival

May 28, 2016 - May 30, 2016
South Shields Proper Food Fest, Bents Park + Google Map

A cracker of a food festival right by the sea and on a Bank Holiday! Think sand between your toes, the light splash of paddling, ice-creams, fabulous food producers and then add a DJ and live music on top! Seriously, weekends don't get better than this. Sat-Mon: 10am-5pm

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June 2016

Amble Puffin Festival

June 4, 2016
Amble Puffin Food Festival, Town Square
Amble,
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Inspired by the 20k strong puffin colony that call Coquet Island (a Site of Special Scientific Interest and just a mile from Amble) home, the Puffin Festival is a real celebration lasting all week (from 28th May-4th June) so a perfect time to spend on the stupendous Northumberland coast. There's huge events planned from watersports, arts and crafts, sea kayak fishing to guided nature walks and on the Saturday, new this year, will be the Puffin Food Festival! 10-4pm

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Blackfriars Ladies Lunch Club & Chocolate Demo!

June 7, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blackfriars Restaurant & Banquet Hall, Friars Street
Newcastle upon Tyme, NE1 4XN
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£25

We've teamed up with the fabulous restaurant Blackfriars for a ladies lunch complete with North Demo - 'A Cheat's Guide to Chocolate Tempering'. Forget about tempering tanks, vibrating tables and high tech machinery, we'll show you that all you need is perhaps a microwave, the odd spatula and a big apron - 'cos things can get messy... Enjoy a glass of fizz, 3 course lunch, wine, coffee and demo for just £25pp. Arrivals 11am and please click here to book.

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Whitley Bay Proper Food Festival

June 11, 2016 - June 12, 2016
Whitley Bay, Spanish City Boulevard + Google Map

'Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside, oh we do like to be beside the sea...' - altogether now! Great kick off to summer with stupendous stalls, live music, dj and, wait for it, a Pimms Bar! Stock up on your favourite bars to see you through the holidays! Sat & Sun: 10am-5pm

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Jesmond Food Market

June 19, 2016
Jesmond Food Market, Armstrong Bridge
Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne,
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Jesmond's Armstrong Bridge plays host once a month to this fantastic foodie market which is just a perfect start to a weekend. With artisan bakers, veg growers, often florists, street food and moi come down and share the Jesmond love. Sat: 10am-3pm

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July 2016

The North East Chilli Fest

July 2, 2016 - July 3, 2016
North East Chilli Fest: Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue
Seaton Sluice, NE26 4QR
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What a humdinger this is going to be, the legendary Chill Fest will be 5 this year and North will be joining in with the festivities with live entertainment from soul sensation Kenny Thomas, DJs Smoove & Turrell and the stupendous Chris Cross in his Flamin' Hot Cabaret Tent to name but a few! With real ale and cocktail bars, the best independent food producers money can buy, red hot chilli eating competition and North's limited edition 'Fire Cracker' bar…

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August 2016

North Shields Proper Food Festival

August 20, 2016 - August 21, 2016
North Shields, Northumberland Square + Google Map

Gorgeous festival in the heart of North Shields and a brilliant mooch for those who like the finer things in life - ie. cake, chocolate, booze and bangers! Sat & Sun: 10am-5pm  

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Tall Ships Race Food Festival

August 26, 2016 - August 29, 2016
Blyth Tall Ships Race: Ridley Park, Ridley Park
Blyth, Northumberland,
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Every time the Tall Ships come to this region it becomes an absolute party and you can guarantee wonderment, bonkersness and, ahem, the odd big ship. This year, the 60th anniversary of the Races, will be no exception with entertainment, live music, parades, a food festival to keep the blood sugar levels topped up and even fireworks! A superb event culminating in the ships racing from our beautiful Northumberland coast to Gothenburg, Sweden. Food Festival: Fri-Sun: 10-7pm, Mon: 10-5pm

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September 2016

Berwick Food & Beer Festival

September 3, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Berwick, Barracks & Main Guard Parade + Google Map

We're delighted to be back at this fantastic festival organised by Berwick's very own Slow Food Movement. Now in it's 9th year there's a huge array of the best stalls from both sides of the border, demonstrations, foodie films, live music and the best beer money can buy! What's not to like? Set in the beautiful 18th Century barracks, it's fun and fabulous darling. Sat & Sun: 10am-5pm

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Alnwick Food Festival

September 17, 2016 - September 18, 2016
Alnwick Festival: Taste of the North, Market Place
Alnwick,
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One of our favourites of the year as Alnwick is such a beautiful Market town, it's a stones throw from the brilliant Northumberland beaches and and it's home to this foodie's paradise! This year, as well as brilliant demos from chefs and producers and great stalls, there's a Smoothie Bike! Make a weekend of it folks, you won't regret it. Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

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Festival of Thrift 2016

September 17, 2016 - September 18, 2016
Festival of Thrift, Kirkleatham
Redcar,
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If you've never been to the Observer's 'Ethical Award' winner then put this in your diary NOW! North will be there with our chocolate but Bev will also be giving a talk with other artisan produce makers, The Butcher, the Baker, the Candy Maker (see Thrift website for details) and if you think that's gonna blow your mind then check out their Thrifty Tips, workshops, demonstrations and entertainment second to none, showing you how to save money, be environmentally savvy and  live a rich…

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