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Attention foodies: 6 culinary events to add to your 2024 calendar

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Calling all foodies, feast your eyes on these ultimate events you won’t want to miss.

From food festivals showcasing the best local street eats to epic pizza battles determining our region’s favourite slice, there’s something for every palate.

Plus, why not have a go yourself at making your own culinary creations with Asian beers? And to truly relax and enjoy yourself, why not hop on the Metro for a stress-free journey?

Say goodbye to parking worries and traffic jams, especially with Tyne Bridge renovations underway. Metro offers an affordable, quick and hassle-free ride to these delicious destinations.

We’ve rounded up our favourite foodie events in Newcastle and beyond, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings.

HLN TOP TIP: We recommend getting a  Pop Pay As You Go card as it’s the most cost-effective way to get around with travel cheaper than single and day tickets and capped to ensure you never pay too much.

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When: Thursday 2nd May 2024 from 6pm – 9pm

Where: Blackfriars Cookery School, Newcastle

Closest Metro station: Central Station (5-minute walk)

Cost: £75

Dive into a fun-filled evening of Chinese bao making. Grab your nearest and dearest, roll up your sleeves and learn how to craft these fluffy, flavour-packed delights. No experience cooking? Blackfriars’ expert chef will guide you through every step.

Plus, there are plenty of Asian beers to keep the good times flowing (good job you’re travelling by Metro). And the best part? You’ll take home with enough boas to impress everyone. Veggies and vegans are welcome, too.


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When: Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May 2024 from 10am – 6pm

Where: Exhibition Park, Newcastle

Closest Metro station: Haymarket  (16-minute walk)

Cost: from £6.95

Introducing a new culinary bash for 2024 – The Newcastle Food Festival. It’s a good vibes-only packed celebration of global flavours and local talent, set against the stunning backdrop of Exhibition Park.

Think sipping cocktails, grooving to live tunes and diving into a world of international food. And if you’re into artisanal goods, check out the vibrant markets. Plus, what we love is that it’s all for a good cause – supporting mental health with Tyneside and Northumberland Mind.


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When: Friday 3rd to Saturday 4th  May 2024 from 10am – 6pm

Where: Exhibition Park, Newcastle

Closest Metro station: Haymarket  (16-minute walk)

Cost: Free

And while you’re in the Exhibition Park, it would be rude not to check out Slice Wars at Wylam Brewery. Satisfy your cheese and carb cravings at this popular weekend event, where pizza and Star Wars unite. Indulge in slices from top-notch North East vendors, each vying for the title of ultimate favourite.

With Star Wars-themed names, fantastic beer choices, tunes spun by a live DJ, and non-stop pizza goodness, this event is a must-attend. Don’t miss out on the epic Slice Wars battle, two days of tasty pizza, great beer, good vibes and awesome tunes at the historic Palace of The Arts.


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When: Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 2024 from 10am – 5pm

Where: Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Closest Metro station: Tynemouth  (12-minute walk)

Cost: £4.40 

Prepare for a feast at Tynemouth Food Festival. With the stunning backdrop of Tynemouth Priory and Castle, this event offers more than just delicious eats. With jaw-dropping views of the North Sea and River Tyne, it’s a feast for the eyes too.

Plus, there’s something for everyone, from mouth-watering street food to activities for the little ones. And under 15s get in free. With a lineup featuring our local favourites like Di-Meo’s and Goodtimes Tacos, it’s a foodie’s paradise.


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When: Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2024 from 10:00am – 6:00pm

Where: Keel Square, High Street West and Market Square, Sunderland

Closest Metro station: Sunderland (7-minute walk)

Cost: Free

Sunderland city centre will be transformed into a foodie heaven with street food stalls serving up global cuisines and local delights. From live music to family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss the amazing entertainment line-up featuring Re-Take That and Ibiza Soul Duo, along with fun activities for the kids and street acts like stilt-walking chefs. Plus, indulge in delicious treats from the continental market and support local heroes showcasing regional street food favourites.


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When: Sunday 3rd November 2024 from 10:30am – 4:30pm

Where: Gateshead International Stadium

Closest Metro station: Gateshead Stadium (11-minute walk)

Cost: £4.00

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you vegans – The North East Vegan Festival is back. Expect all sorts of vegan delights from food and drinks to clothes and accessories and even campaign stalls. Plus, there will be some great guest speakers sharing their insights, along with eye-opening documentaries about our food choices impact.

VIP tickets get you early entry and a goodie bag packed with vegan treats for just £15. And it’s a win-win situation as all profits from the event go to support Farplace Animal Rescue.

HLN TOP TIP: If you can’t make it to the Gateshead festival, don’t worry – there’s a North East Vegan Festival coming to Sunderland this November, too.


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Rachael Nichol
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After gaining a first in her BA Media and Journalism degree at Northumbria University, Rachael worked at Newcastle’s leading regional newspaper with her stories being picked up in national and global newspapers She spent two very successful years giving a voice to those communities across the North East who otherwise…


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