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PHOTO SPECIAL: Sun shines on Bents Park food festival

FOOD ...from left, AJ Quintano, Angelo Quintano, Yvie Brown, Peter Brown and Baby Danny Brown.
FOOD ...from left, AJ Quintano, Angelo Quintano, Yvie Brown, Peter Brown and Baby Danny Brown.

Tantalising treats were on offer at a food and drinks festival over the weekend.

Food lovers flocked to South Shields seafront to have their taste buds tickled by delicacies and tipples from around the globe.

The Proper food and drink festival took place in Bents Park, Sea Road, from Saturday and was due to finish today. It included more than 60 stalls selling everything from crepes to cocktails and burgers to beer.

Live music was also on offer to keep visitors entertained, and despite fears of a national shortage, the prosecco was also flowing.

Peter Brown, from the Law Top, South Shields, went along to the festival with his children Yvie, seven, and one-year-old Danny, as well as his friend Angelo Quintano and his son AJ, six.

Peter said: “This is the first time I’ve come down, I didn’t come along last year.

The food is tasty and the atmosphere is great, it’s a really fun day out.

Lyndsey Garthwaite

“The atmosphere is great and we’re going to have a good look around and get ourselves something to eat.”

Stephen Sullivan, from South Shields, was there with his partner Jack Taylor, 22.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s great. I came last year and there’s even more here this time.

“We’ve already had a burrito and a cocktail, pies and some rocky road, and we’re going to get some German sausage now as well.”

Lyndsey Garthwaite, 24, from South Shields, said: “The food is tasty and the atmosphere is great, it’s a really fun day out.”

Her friend Joanne Pearson, 24, also from South Shields, added: “It’s a really good day out. It’s a great event for South Shields to have and it’s fun for young people and families.

“It’s nice to be able to try so many different products and great for local businesses.”

Tracy Kennedy, from South Shields, was at the festival with pals Ross Kennedy, Carly Shone and Dave Wood.

She said: “I was down last year and there’s a lot more people down this time. We only spent a little bit of time here last year but we’ve been here a lot longer now.

“It’s great fun.”

Kelly Smith, from Jarrow, was at the event with her boyfriend Chris.

She said: “We’ve tried so many different things now that we’re stuffed, but it’s been a lot of fun wandering around and seeing what’s on offer.

“The live music is great as well and it’s such a good way to spend the bank holiday – it’s something a bit different for us to do and I think we’ll be back before it ends.”

Entry to the festival, which runs until 5pm today, is free.

Proper Food and Drink Festival 2014 at Bents Park South Shields

Proper Food and Drink Festival 2014 at Bents Park South Shields

FOOD ... Left, Joanne Pearson and Lyndsey Garthwaite.

FOOD ... Left, Joanne Pearson and Lyndsey Garthwaite.

FOOD ...from left, Ross Kennedy, Carly shone, Tracy Kennedy and Dave Wood.

FOOD ...from left, Ross Kennedy, Carly shone, Tracy Kennedy and Dave Wood.