The nights are slowly drawing in, along with the festival season, but there’s time for a few more, including this Saturday’s second High Bridge Quarter festival.

Following the success of the first festival a mere five months ago, the Autumn festival looks bigger and better, with plenty of new faces joining some old classics, and most of them foodie-related.

High Bridge Street Quarter is becoming a fairly trendy are of town, and has some great independents selling all sorts of stuff, so if you’ve never been, there is really no better time. Expect to see now-at-every-festival French Oven, and getting-good-at-street-food Marco Polo, amongst a ton of other names. Now a favourite and worth a look, we had our first taste of Soupie Face at the inaugural festival, and Dabbawal serving actual street food is always welcome – go for the bhel puri. Zizzi are also there (last year doling out free pasta), and some smaller places serving some good stuff; heard of a good bahn mi for starters.

Have a look at the full PR after the jump, and we look forward to seeing you there on Saturday 10am-7pm – sunshine is predicted, and entry/entertainment is free!

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HIGH BRIDGE FESTIVAL RETURNS – SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 10 – 6PM

This Saturday, 8th September, Newcastle’s High Bridge Quarter will be in fiesta mode with the second High Bridge Festival this year.  The first festival in April more than doubled footfall into the High Bridge Quarter and the hope this time is to smash this record.

There will be lots of activities in the Quarter to tempt the crowds including live entertainment from music bands and performances from teams of break dancers, as well as stalls selling international street foods from restaurants including Marco Polo (Italian), Vietnamese from Little Saigon, Indian from Dabbawal, French Oven’s artisan bakery and New Zealand gourmet pies to name but a few.

The High Bridge Festival is a truly family affair with lots of activities for children including face painters and art workshops.  Outside of BALTIC’s new sister gallery, BALTIC  39 on High Bridge  there will be the chance for kids and their families to explore  fun and original ways to learn more about contemporary art. Young artists will be able to create their own masterpiece to take home with them.

All street entertainment will be free.

Elaine Sinclair, one of the organisers of the High Bridge Festival urged people to make a day of it on Saturday;
“Make sure to come along on Saturday between 10- 7pm to enjoy a great day out and to see for yourself all the great independent retailers that are housed in the area.  The great thing about shopping and mooching around High Bridge is that the shops are truly unique and with the street entertainment and food stalls the place will be buzzing.”

A major supporter and key facilitator of the High Bridge Festival, is the city centre business improvement company, NE1 Ltd.  Tariq Albassam, Operations Manager at NE1, who has worked closely with the High Bridge Tenants Association explained;
“The Festival is a great way to reintroduce people to the delights of High Bridge and its many and varied tenants.  The independent boutiques, vintage shops and restaurants are what help make Newcastle a great and unique place to visit.  We are delighted to work with High Bridge to make events like this successful and would urge people to come down and enjoy the festival.”

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