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Lineup for Food & Drink Festival at Exhibition Park

Brand-New Food & Drink Festival coming to Exhibition Park from 4 May announces lineup of renowned chefs…

The eagerly awaited Newcastle Food & Drink Festival has unveiled the list of talented chefs and culinary masters set to perform live cookery demonstrations across its bank holiday debut. Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Exhibition Park, attendees can anticipate an immersive experience tailored to both music and food enthusiasts alike. 

The event’s Live Cookery Theatre is proudly presented by Anthony O’Shaughnessy. He’s a MasterChef finalist. He also teaches at esteemed cookery schools across the North. Including Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, Leeds Cookery School, and Blackfriars Cookery School. The latter is where he currently serves as Cookery School Manager.

Anthony will guide attendees on a gastronomic journey throughout the weekend. He’ll bring along a plethora of cooking experts showcasing techniques and dishes from across the culinary arts.

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Lineup for Food & Drink Festival: Saturday, 4 May

Troy Terrington (Dobson & Parnell): Troy has notably achieved both an AA Rosette and entry into the Michelin Guide. As Chef Patron at Blackfriars’ sister restaurant Dobson & Parnell, Troy creates flavoursome dishes that draw on a fusion of classic and modern techniques. 

Chris Wardale (Blackfriars Restaurant): Rising to Executive chef at Blackfriars, Chris oversees all menus and catering options for their events, taking pride in passionately taking North East cuisine and adding a unique twist. 

Cocktail Masterclass (Silk Route Spirits): Silk Route experts will guide attendees step-by-step through crafting aesthetic and refreshing Cocktails. All while utilising their speciality spirits to create classics. The Negroni, Vesper Martini, Spiced Mojito and more.

Kyle Greenwood (Seaham Hall & MasterChef: The Professionals )Kyle, sous chef at the prestigious Seaham Hall and ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ semi-finalist, was awarded North East Chef of The Year in light of his cooking expertise. With his wealth of talent and experience, Kyle thrives on transforming ingredients into fresh & innovative dishes.

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Lineup for Food & Drink Festival: Sunday, 5 May

Joshua Sercombe (Blackfriars Cookery School): Resident chef at Blackfriars Cookery School, Joshua shares his expertise through a range of over 80 different cookery classes. With his charismatic approach to teaching world foods, he infuses each delectable dish he creates with a vibrant flair. 

Scott John-Hodgson (Solstice): Head chef at Michelin-starred Solstice, Scott emphasises the simplicity and quality of local ingredients in his refined modern cuisine. He is embracing both seasonality and sustainability. 

Native Cave: Featuring their head chef, Newcastle-based seafood restaurant Native Cave showcases the fusion of African-Caribbean flavours, transforming fresh produce into exquisite seafood dishes. 

Wilem Brugge (Blackfriars Cookery School & Tasting Events): Renowned for his wine, spirit and cocktail sessions at Blackfriars, Wilem will channel his passion for world beverages in his guide through the art of drinks pairing and mixology. 

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Lineup for Food & Drink Festival: Monday, 6 May

Jonny Hesketh (Parm-O-rama): Jonny Hesketh will be walking attendees through the creation of a classic North-Eastern dish Teesside Parmesan. With a passion for natural and fresh produce, guests can indulge themselves in a demonstration that champions the spirit of a traditional Northern dish. 

Emma Carlton (Sweet Patisserie): Emma is the proud owner of the award-winning patisserie & premier baking school ‘Sweet Patisserie’. Situated in the heart of Whitley Bay, Emma uses classic French & Dutch patisserie techniques. All to create delicious pastries and sweet treats. 

Chef Guarav (My Delhi): Guarav, the executive chef at My Delhi restaurants in Newcastle and Sunderland, specialises in crafting authentic Indian cuisine. He celebrates the flavors and spices of Delhi’s bustling streets, thriving on transforming various ingredients into aromatic Indian dishes.

Jonny Wardale (The Highlander, Ponteland): Head chef at The Highlander gastropub in Ponteland. Jonny is will be delivering the best of Northumbrian cuisine. Championing fresh Northumberland produce, his cooking is interwoven with a captivating flair that celebrates the best of Northern English food. 

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Food & Drink Festival at Exhibition Park: Plenty of Entertainment

Apart from the cookery demonstrations, festival-goers can enjoy various entertainment options. These include a Live Entertainers Stage, Kids Activities, Roaming Comedy, a Funfair & Inflatable Land, and more.

Food enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the Street Food Arena. It hosts a diverse array of global cuisines and cultural specialities. Additionally, the festival boasts an incredible Artisan Market. It hosts over 100 different stalls showcasing local produce, fresh-baked goods, hand-made crafts, and local art.

Thirsty attendees can enjoy a range of independent bars alongside a full Ale-House, in partnership with Tyne Bank Brewery, offering both craft ales and cask favourites.

The festival will partner with Tyneside & Northumberland Mind as their charity partner. They hope to add to the over £100,000 already raised for mental health initiatives across the north.

With Early Bird Tickets already sold out, hosts anticipate thousands to attend The Newcastle Food & Drink Festival.

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