Eat! IN: Newcastle Gateshead

Friday February 20 2015to Sunday March 01 2015

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Newcastle Gateshead has launched their festival programme for the upcoming EAT! IN festival. The event is set to be held from Friday 20th February – Sunday 1st March 2015 and is one of the first major dates in the UK’s foodie calendar. Following the huge success of the EAT! OUT festival in summer 2014, Newcastle Gateshead decided to go indoors this time for its first ever EAT! IN festival. The event will include a new take on Secret Paladares, an immersive Great Gatsby drink along movie experience and a Medieval Lenten Feast at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle. For real foodies, this is a week-long event that can’t be missed, as there’s something for every taste and interest. The Secret Paladares event will see seven talented home cooks from different ethnic backgrounds creating the authentic dishes that they grew up with, at secret community venues revealed shortly before each event. Guests are invited to bring along their favourite dinner plate and pull up a pew at the communal table for an evening of authentic ethnic home cooking, culture and good company. Tickets will cost £18 to £23. Sustainability is becoming a hot topic in the food world, and EAT! IN are addressing this with Future Chef, Future City, an event in which young up and coming chefs are given the chance to showcase their innovation. Imagine that the year is 2040 and the food chain we take for granted is under threat – sugar is heavily taxed, many fish species have run out, the price of energy has rocketed. The young chefs taking part have to overcome the challenges of creating dishes that are affordable, nutritious and appetising under these conditions, finally presenting their sustainable and futuristic fare to the judges. The overall winner of Future Chef 2015 will be chosen by public vote on the night. Held in The Core, the evening will also include documentaries and talks about the future of our food system by some of the UK’s most enlightened thinkers. Tickets cost £18. The festival will also bring the first themed musical supper club to Newcastle. Chef Pia Castleton will present a four-course menu of locally foraged, organic ingredients whilst pianist Annie Ball performs works by Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Barber and Saint-Saëns, all in the beautiful surroundings of the Loftus Room at the Lit & Phil. The Semibreve Supper Club – Nature’s Prelude will include a screening of filmmaker Christo Waller’s latest work inspired by starling murmurations, held on 26th February for £70 to £89. The Lit & Phil will welcome an altogether more raucous evening’s entertainment as EAT! IN celebrates the decadence of 1920’s East Coast America in Drink Along Gatsby Deluxe. Part movie screening, part immersive theatre performance, guests are invited to dress up and drink along as they watch Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film adaptation. When Gatsby’s legendary party gets underway on screen, the whole audience is invited to step into the action for real. Bootleg cocktails, American canapés, a jazz age soundtrack and dancing the Charleston are all on the menu on 27th and 28th February. Tickets cost £50. If film and food are some of your favourite things, then the Eat-Along screening of acclaimed Indian film The Lunchbox is set to be a perfect fit for you. Enjoy food from the film as it appears on screen and surround your senses with the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Mumbai. The talented chefs at Angeethi, Gateshead will be recreating the dishes as movie-goers enjoy the film on the final day of the festival, Sunday 1st March. Tickets costs £25, and you can leave the popcorn at home. The final day of the festival will also welcome the Newcastle Wine Fair, which is set to be the largest in the North East. Wine enthusiasts are invited to smell, swirl and sample more than 70 different wines from the region’s best independent wine merchants. Master of Wine Peter McCombie will be hosting a special masterclass celebrating wines from his home country, New Zealand. Tickets cost £20 to £55. Closing this year’s EAT! IN festival is the Medieval Lenten Feast at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle. Taking place on the second Sunday in Lent, a day when normal Lenten traditions are traditionally relaxed, diners will be treated to live Celtic harp music, themed entertainment and a feast featuring sustainable fish, local leeks (marking St David’s Day), artisan breads and North East ales and mead. This candlelit medieval feast takes place in the beautiful nave of England’s most northerly Cathedral. Tickets cost £40.

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Food Festival


North East, Tyne & Wear, Gateshead, Newcastle


Top chefs, Entertainment, Local produce, Local chefs, Real ale, Children's activities

Disabled facilities

Disabled access, Disabled parking

Festival address

Newcastle city centre and various locations around and about

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David Brookbanks
0191 440 5740
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