Love food and drink? Of course you do! How about with a music festival thrown in for good measure? Now we’re talking! The inaugural Flavours and Beats Festival will be held at Jarrow Hall, in Church Bank, Jarrow, on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25, from 6pm until someone says stop. The festival is set to champion independent food producers, music, craft breweries and distilleries – showcasing talent from our glorious North East and some from a little further afield.
Festival organisers Savour Magazine and Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN), have teamed up with street food vendors Geordie Bangers (seriously Voyeurs, their gin and bourbon sausages are to die for), PHI Pies, which offers traditional Greek cuisine including pork and chicken gyros and vegetarian options, and my lovely mate, The Calabash Tree, who make authentic and original Caribbean street food.
“Feeling hungry already? I know I am. We’ve got some amazing talent here in the North East and we’re hosting this event to help showcase it. We have an eclectic mix of musical maestros, diverse food and beers brewed here in the North East and North Yorkshire (and) we’re collaborating with Little Black Dog Beer, which is producing an American Pale Ale; New World Pale Ale and Stout specifically for Flavours and Beats. We’ll also feature an Around the World Gin bar with tipples from all corners of the globe, including Tarquin’s Cornish Navy SeaDog Gin – voted “Best Gin” at the San Francisco World Spirits event, which is the Oscars of the spirits world.” Georga Spottiswood, Editor, Savour Magazine.
Dark Steam Division will join the line-up, bringing along their super cute coffee van, and offering signature coffees along with its “grown-up” range, including coffee blends with Irish Cream, Amaretto, whisky, orange liqueur hot chocolates and divine espresso Martinis so make sure you leave the car at home, or at least bring a designated driver.
Topping the list of acts on Friday are North East cover band Rivelino who’ll be whipping the crowd into a musical frenzy with pop, rock, funk and soul classic, and Dead Man’s Shoes who’ll be serving up their signature guitar riffs and raspy tones.
Confirmed for Saturday’s line up is South Shields born Sonny, who’s making waves in the music industry after releasing his debut single, Princess, on Spotify, Soundcloud and Apple Music – and is supporting Gabrielle Aplin on her UK tour.
Fancy a bit of dance music later into the evening? international DJ Jay Stone, from Newcastle – who’s played alongside David Guetta, Brandon Block and The Freemasons – will bring his unique mash-up and funky style to both nights so dancing shoes are a must.
Autumn Brewing Co will be on hand to provide a range of gluten-free flavoursome beers ticking the coeliac box. Nice one. If gin is your poison then Flavours and Beats have got you covered there too, Spirit of Hven Organic Gin, which is made on the island of Hven in Öresund, between Denmark and Sweden, will be available, as well as rhubarb gin and London dry gin from The Spirit of Harrogate gin company.
“We’re delighted to be working with the Savour Magazine team for what promises to be a fantastic event showcasing some of the best talent in music, food and drink. Our team have been working hard behind the scenes to deliver a whole range of new events at Jarrow Hall and this promises to kick off a new era for events at the site.” Andrew Watts, Chief Executive of Groundwork STAN
Tickets for the first ever Flavours and Beats Festival cost £6 and include a complimentary arrival drink. They are on sale now and can be purchased in person from Jarrow Hall Reception or online via the Savour Magazine website.