Feast street food festival begins in South Shields Market, with customers and traders enjoying the first day

A new street food festival in South Shields has proved a hit with food-lovers enjoying unique tastes, good weather and live music in the Market Place.

Friday, 24th September 2021, 4:24 pm
Piotr and Anna Herman at the food festival in South Shields Market Place

A variety of food types are on offer with businesses from across the North East offering the likes of Armenian food, German sausages, and Central American cuisine.

Traders said they were pleased with the initial reaction to the event and are hoping for a busy weekend.

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Food festival in South Shields Market Place

Piotr Herman, runs the Armenian food stall, said: “It’s a really good event. Especially that it’s over two days. We’ve been busy so far and we’re expecting it to get even busier on Saturday. The weather is lovely too so it’s a really positive atmosphere.”

Also on offer was a unique mix of Mexican and Latin American food from Jose at El Paladar.

He said: “It’s fantastic. People seem happy and are enjoying some great food. It’s a good idea what they’re trying to do and definitely a positive thing.”

Graham Cammfield, who was selling German sausages at the festival, said: “It’s a new thing and anything that brings more people into the town centre is a good thing.”

Jose of El Paladar at the food festival in South Shielfs Market Place

Rachel Holmes from Sunderland-based business R Place was offering up sweet treats to customers at the event.

“It’s always great to have more festivals like this especially after the last year we’ve had,”she said.

"It’s good to see people out and enjoying themselves. I hope we can continue to do more things like this.”

A number of food lovers were also keen to explore new tastes from around the world with some struggling to choose from the impressive selection.

Rachel Holmes at the food festival in South Shields Market Place

Customer Peter Cammish said: “The food is delicious. It’s the first time I’ve tried Armenian food and it’s very good. You see a lot of shops closing down these days so it’s nice to see something new and positive.”Feast Street food festival is taking place at South Shields Market Place on Friday September 24 and 25, from 12pm-8pm.

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Peter Cammish and Isabel Vazquz at the food festival in South Shields Market Place