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The Proper Food and Drink Festival attracts thousands of hungry foodies to Cramlington

Stalls lined up around Seven Oaks Park, selling Middle Eastern street food and crepes to faithful from Northumberland and beyond

Crowds gather at The Proper Food and Drink Festival in Cramlington, Northumberland

Thousands of food lovers ate their way around the Proper Food and Drink Festival, which came to Cramlington for the first time.

From delicious crepes to authentic street food, catering trailers lined up around the Seven Oaks Park.

The popular festival attracts thousands of visitors each year, having previously been held in South Shields, Whitley Bay and North Shields.

Mark Deakin, who runs the event with his wife Shelley, said: “There’s always a bit of a risk when you come somewhere for the first time.

“But the catering trailer traders had a really busy time and lots of the visitors were pleasantly surprised by the size of the event.”

Pauline Thornton, from Cramlington, visited the weekend festival with friends.

She said: “It’s fantastic. When you think of the number of people who live here, there should be more things like this.”

Gary Cave from Monsieur Crepe and Eliza Larson, from Whitley Bay, entertaining the festival crowd

Gary Cave and Marc Reynolds started their business, Monsieur Crepe, five years ago and are regulars at food festivals across the region.

Mr Cave said: “We started off at Tynemouth Market with one catering trailer crepe machine and one table.

“We’ve now got two gazebos and a big catering trailer as well.

“Things have gone well and at events like this we can sell anything from 500 to 1,500 crepes.”

Mr Cave and his business partner are now planning to open a cafe in High Heaton in Newcastle in October.

Father and son team Tim and Tom Monkhouse also had their Middle Eastern street food stall at the festival.

They started their company, Papa Ganoush, five years ago after they were both made redundant.

In the next few weeks the pair will open their new restaurant in Whitley Bay.

The next Proper Food and Drink Festival will take place at Northumberland Park, North Shields, over the weekend of August 20 to 21.

Musicians Nick Pride, from Newcastle, and Eliza Larson, from Whitley Bay, will both perform at the event.

Mr Pride said: “It has been really nice doing them because I’m a bit of a foodie myself.”


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