Alfresco EAT! Celebrates Summer In NewcastleGateshead

EAT! OUT's sister-event, EAT! IN, takes place from Saturday 21 February - Monday 2 March 2015 and sees the events come indoors for more adventures in food and drink.

Food fans rejoice, NewcastleGateshead’s acclaimed festival EAT! is back for its annual summer outing.

Taking inspiration from the natural beauty of the North East, EAT! NewcastleGateshead is going alfresco from Friday 8 – Sunday 17 August with a ten-day programme of foodie events and experience that celebrate local talent and the nation’s love of outdoor dining.  The Port of Tyne / is proud sponsor of EAT! NewcastleGateshead in 2014.

Titled EAT! OUT, the summer edition of EAT! festival includes a programme of Naked Feasts (Friday 8 – Saturday 16 August), adventurous dining experiences in stunning outdoor locations across NewcastleGateshead. Take your place at the communal table for one of eleven themed feasts inspired by family, community, history, art and summer - all prepared by the very best up-and-coming North East chefs.

Locations include the rooftop of The Vermont Hotel, the Toffee Factory, a Byker community garden, an orchard at Rising Sun Farm and for one very special evening, Dunston Staiths – the largest wooden structure in Europe - will open to the public following a 30 year closure for a dinner experience high above the Tyne.  Supplerclub chef and food blogger Anna Hedworth will create a menu of dishes inspired by the Staiths’ 120 year history. On Saturday 9 August, EAT! offers diners the unique opportunity to explore Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition at Life Science Centre before sitting down to an outdoor body-themed feast of offal.

EAT! OUT takes a trip to the coast and countryside for a series of fishing and foraging workshops (Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 August) led by wild food experts.  Chopwell Woods, Gateshead and Rising Sun Country Park, Newcastle, provide the locations for the foraging events that feature butchery demonstrations and outdoor cooking. Fishing workshops at Tynemouth Pier give novices an opportunity to catch their supper and the historic North Shields Fish Quay will be opening its doors to the public for a rare opportunity to watch the early morning fish auction.

The Kids Cook School @ Fenwick (Thursday 7 – Thursday 15 August) invites budding bakers to don their chef’s whites for a series of cooking classes every morning and afternoon.  The mouth watering creations can be enjoyed at the giant EAT! kitchen table or taken home in a goody bag for the whole family to enjoy.

The EAT! OUT Food Heroes Festival (Friday 15 – Sunday 17 August) starts in dramatic fashion with local chef Gareth Kyle’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest chef demonstration.  Starting at 6am on Friday 15 August, Gareth will cook his way through the weekend in an attempt to break the current 36 hour record.

Taking place at Monument in Newcastle city centre, a special dining table will be set up for people to enjoy Gareth’s dishes throughout his challenge.  From early morning smoothies to late night kebabs, passers-by will be able to tuck into the fruits of Gareth’s labour as he cooks and commentates his way through 37 hours of the EAT! OUT Food Heroes Festival.  An online stream of Gareth’s world record attempt will be available via the official EAT! NewcastleGateshead website,, and supporters can follow his journey on twitter using #gogareth. Gareth’s world record attempt is in support of The People’s Kitchen, with many of the dishes prepared during the challenge being donated to the Newcastle charity.

In addition to Gareth’s world record attempt, there will also be a Food Heroes Market featuring a handpicked selection of the North East’s finest food and drink producers as well as innovative street food stalls, local craft ales and some fun foodie activities for all the family.

The EAT! Gold Awards will crown the top ten products at the Food Heroes Market and Newcastle Food Charter will launch its awards (taking place in February 2015 at EAT! IN) as part of the weekend celebrations.

EAT! Street will deliver the very best street food from the North East’s restaurants and traders and award-winning beer writer Alastair Gilmour and Iles Tours will serve up a series of pub walking tours and NewcastleGateshead food walking tours.

For more information about EAT! OUT and all the events taking place throughout the festival, please visit  Tickets for the festival will go on sale in July – please check the website for updates on the on-sale date.

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