Eating with your eyes closed.
There’s been lots going on over at Vallum Farm recently – and to celebrate, they are throwing a right gala this weekend celebrating the North East’s best food, drink, and craft producers at their new event down on the farm.
The Vallum Christmas Fayre takes place in their newly renovated “Old Cow Barn”, and sees some of the best local producers come together selling tapas sized snacks (similar to this), at a family & foodie based event, this Saturday 17th November only.
Of course our interest lies in the foodie side of it – there will be dozens of stalls and scran from Riley’s Fish Shack, Bywell Smokery and more, as well as those chef demos we can’t pull ourselves away from. One of these is from David Kennedy of River Cafe, and Food Social fame, who happens to be opening a new restaurant at Vallum that we are pretty excited about. An adjoining farm shop/deli extension to the existing ice cream parlour should be very popular, and it’s vegetables will no doubt come from similarly local vegetable god Ken Holland and his North Country Growers – producing some of the best veg produced in this country, if not the world.
We’ll definitely be there – you should be too. Support your local farmers & producers!
We’ve been eating here there and everywhere this year – by a giant map of Britain made from cake, in Jesmond at Spring Graze, in the lovely Hotel du Vin courtyard, and not forgetting by the Tyne at the big EAT! weekend, but there’s still time before the clocks go back for one more street food party.
Urban Night Feast is the brainchild of Indian born but local private chef Maunika Gowardhan and features a dozen or so street food stalls packed into the Boiler Shop, always an interesting location.
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!
It’s that time again already? August 20-26 again sees the regions restaurants team up with NE1 and offer great deals on some great food. Somewhat disappointingly, the amazing £10 deal seems to have crept up to £15 in many cases, making some of them pretty typical menus, but some bargains are still to be found nonetheless. Check out the full list – to be updated as a few surprises tend to come on closer to the date:
UPDATE: This event was cancelled at the last minute and I doubt it’ll be back.
2 Hits, 1 Miss
Last week we lucky enough to be invited to the launch of a new menu at “luxury restaurant and bar” just over the Tyne, Raval (NE8 2AT). Only last August we ate at the launch of the same “new platter menu” – so whether this means the new menu has been a bit of a none-starter – you decide.
Hot on the heels of this year’s massively popular Spring Graze is a new festival for the area not far from Newcastle Eats home, Tynemouth. The little village is busting with some smaller producers and delis but has not seen any foodie specific events for a long time.
The inaugural food festival takes place over this coming weekend 12-13 May and features all the usual festival faces – you’ve guessed it, Spicy Monkey, old favourites New Zealand Pie Company, and Doddington Dairy to name a few, as well as a few smaller (but no less greater!) producers.
Last week Blackfriar’s Restaurant (NE1 4XN) was kind enough to invite me to one of their themed events – this time a “Food & Drink Matching” night aimed to help guests discover which combinations work best – and why so. Run by restaurant owner himself, Andy Hook, the format of these evenings is very relaxed and informal, so even those who aren’t experts should feel quite comfortable – though being a dedicated foodie helps – there’s some serious food and wine lovers in the room tonight!
**UPDATE: Electric East is now closed and Mark Lagun is at The Earl of Pitt Street*
Last Wednesday we were lucky enough to be invited along to the launch/re-opening of Electric East, former home of Barn Asia (NE1 4DP). Inside very little has changed, apparently using the same staff, and the interior is very similar (and cool), so hopefully the food still stacks up.
Blackfriars sent me their events listings for this new year - and what a busy year it is! Apart from their great deal this coming restaurant week - check out the many eats and treats going on throughout this year: Burns Night (25 January, 7pm, £30pp) Join Blackfriars for a real ‘earthy’ Burns’ dinner and treat your taste buds to the culinary delights of Scottish inspired cuisine and whisky. Toast one of Scotland’s most famous poets at the restaurant’s hugely…
Happy New Year! It seems like only last week we were launching into restaurant week across the city, but thankfully, here we are again at the beginning of the year, typically a quiet period for the restaurant trade, I’m sure most will be fully booked again come this 23rd to 29th January. Check out the full list of participants below. Two Courses for £10 (mostly - check with restaurant for details) As You Like It Babucho Barluga Blackfriars Brasserie at…
In addition to the Seven Bridges Pop-up Restaurant, we managed to check out some other tasty bits at last weekend’s Bridges Festival:
The Feathers Inn Fentiman’s Ice Cream Float
One of the many interesting features of this weekends Bridges Festival was the “7 Bridges Pop-up Restaurant” on Sunday at Baltic Square. Billed as “an unusual restaurant that ebbs and flows with the strong river tides” I had to check it out!
* Looking for restaurant week August 2013? * …is now bi-annually! Starting next week, 8th - 14th August, visit these top restaurants for a cheap eat. We’d recommend any of these at only £10 each: 2 Courses and a glass of wine at 1OAK1 Course and a glass of wine at Cafe Buee at The Side2 Courses for £10 at Hotel du Vin2 Courses for £10 at Malmaison2 Courses for £10 at Marco Polo2 Courses for £10 at Babucho2 Courses…