Published on September 13, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour


Eat, drink…be merry!

The best food. Check. Fantastic local beer, gin, wine. Check. Live music. Check. It’s all under one roof at the big Eat Drink Festival, brought to you by Cheers and our sister paper appetite. Here’s more… 

We’re gluttons for, well, everything, here at Cheers and our sister magazine Appetite – the publication devoted to all things food – and we’re putting on what promises to be one of the biggest food and drink festivals of the year in Newcastle in October.

Eat Drink Festival brings together leading food and drink producers offering up food, wine, spirits, and beer with exclusive tastings alongside chef and brewer demos, live music and shopping.

The festival lands at Hoult’s Yard in Newcastle on October 13 and 14, with two evening and one daytime session, each of them different in atmosphere, all of them showcasing a unique mix of premium local produce under
one roof.

Food demos and drinks masterclasses will create a unique theme for each session over three zones – food, beer, wine and spirits – and our exhibitors will be offering free tastings, helped along with great live music.

The event will include a dedicated kitchen manned by leading chefs who will showcase their talent and share their secrets. We also have some of the region’s leading drinks experts to demonstrate skills including cocktail making and the secrets of the hop.

Our exhibitors represent the region’s brightest and most innovative food and drink producers, chefs and bar tenders. Here are some of them:

Beer: Box Social, gluten-free beer specialist Autumn Brewing, Sonnet 43, beer and cheese pairing specialist Hops and Cheese, Anarchy Brewery, new boys Rigg & Furrow and many more.

Gin: Poetic License, Lakes Distillery, Durham Gin, Alnwick Gin, Temperance, Hepple Gin and more, plus a range of fantastic mixers from Fever Tree.

Food: Street food from Papa Ganoush, famous meat pies from The Amble Butcher, local produce from Riverford Organics, street food from The Log Fire Pizza Company, the best produce from Blagdon Farm Shop and many more.

The zones
Appetite Zone: More than 20 of the region’s finest food specialists offering a great taste of the region.

Cheers Zone: The region’s premium cask and bottled ale makers assembled under one roof offering up tastings, talks, and meet the brewer events.

Spirit Zone: A bar showcasing more than 80 gins alongside stands and tastings from 10 distilleries offering small batch premium gin tasting and sampling.

The details
When: October 13 and 14, 2017

Where: Hoult’s Yard, Walker Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2HL

Sessions: Friday 6.30pm-10.30pm; Saturday 1.30pm-5.30pm; Saturday 6.30pm-10.30pm

Tickets: £10pp per session (Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night) includes a free drink of your choice, a commemorative festival glass, free Fever Tree mixers with spirits, free tastings from exhibitors, free chef and bar tender demos, free brewer and distiller presentations, access to exclusive special offers in the festival shop.

Facilities: Specialist bar with more than 100 different gins, beers and wines to purchase by the glass; chef, brewer and distiller demos and talks; food, beer and spirit zones; live music; festival gift shop stocked with special editions and unusual goods.

Get your tickets at www.eatdrinkfest.co.uk

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