Over one hundred stalls showcasing the best of what the north has to offer will cater for all tastes at the event, which is to be held in the Northumberland Square area of the town on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September.
John Fleet, Town Centres Manager at North Tyneside Council, said: “Building on the success of the Victorian Christmas Market in North Shields, we’re delighted to welcome this new event to the town centre.
These food festivals are becoming very popular and we’re confident that this will be a great addition to our town centre events calendar.”
Producers from the North East, Scotland, Cumbria and Yorkshire will tempt visitors with tasty treats and show off their culinary skills with cookery demonstrations. Entertainment for younger visitors will add to the festival vibe.
Mark Deakin, the event organiser and founder of the Hot Stuff Chilli Company, added: “We aim to bring the best artisan food and drink to the event, and to inspire local people into sourcing their food from smaller producers.”
David Bavaird, Chair of the town’s Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “The Chamber are delighted that North Shields has been chosen to host the Proper Food & Drink Festival.
“Northumberland Square has enjoyed significant developments in the past few months, with the establishment of housing and the ongoing work on the new library and Customer First Centre. We look forward to this event attracting visitors to the town and boosting trade for our members.”
Potential stallholders interested in taking part should contact Mark Deakin on 07904 187 644.