Great North Feast turns South Shields park into food and drinks haven

Great North Feast Food Festival, Bents Park, South Shields.
Great North Feast Food Festival, Bents Park, South Shields.

A seafront park was turned into a haven for food lovers and drinks connoisseurs as the Great North Feast came to South Shields.

There was an array of food available to tantalise the taste buds of visitors to the Bents Park.

Queuing for food at the Great North Feast Food Festival, Bents Park, South Shields.

Queuing for food at the Great North Feast Food Festival, Bents Park, South Shields.

The event - organised by the team behind the Proper Food and Drinks festivals - was aimed showcasing the variety of food and drink produced in the North East.

And while people tucked into their dishes, live singers took to the stage to entertain visitors.

There was also a range of activities for youngsters including a wand and dream catcher-making workshop, hosted by Scribble and Patch.

Owner Lindsey Grieves said: “I have done work with the team who have organised the event before, so when they asked if I’d be interested in coming along to these event, I said ‘yes’.

Great North Feast Food Festival, Bents Park, South Shields.

Great North Feast Food Festival, Bents Park, South Shields.

“We’ve had quite a few young people come to visit us to make wands and dream catchers and other items.

“The event itself is really good for families, while the workshops give young people the chance to design and make something without hindering their creativity.

“Each person we’ve had to the workshop has created something different. It’s been great seeing what they have produced.”

During the event people will also have the chance to pit their culinary skills against others in chilli-making contest.

Gabrielle Guthrie and Liam Gridlestone selling fresh bread at the Great North Feast Food Festival, Bents Park, South Shields.

Gabrielle Guthrie and Liam Gridlestone selling fresh bread at the Great North Feast Food Festival, Bents Park, South Shields.

Teams have four hours in which to cook from scratch a gallon of their finest chilli. It will be judged on appearance, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste.

The top three at South Shields will win up to £150 in cash and they will all go forward to compete in the UK’s Grand Final in September.

It costs £10 a team to enter.

The Food Festival kicked off at 10am on Saturday and will run until 6pm on Monday. Entry is free.