Treats the old-fashioned way

Goodies from The Chocolate Smiths, who will be taking part in the Vintage Newbiggin weekend.
Goodies from The Chocolate Smiths, who will be taking part in the Vintage Newbiggin weekend.

No one will go hungry in Newbiggin this Easter weekend.

Plans for the Vintage Newbiggin events have a foodie theme, and Northumbrian companies are front and centre.

On Easter Saturday the crowds on the seafront enjoying the Newbiggin kite festival, children’s fair rides and activities at the RNLI Lifeboat station can fill up from some of Northumberland’s rapidly developing street food scene.

Morpeth’s Streetzeria will serve paella from their vintage airstream caravan, and locals Bangers and Baps will be bringing the Geordie sausage home.

Traders usually seen on Newcastle’s quayside, including The Polish BBQ and Hani’s Kitchen, will offer visitors their international flavours.

Easter Sunday is all about sweet treats. The town’s cafes are providing an ice cream trail.

Ice cream sundaes, knickerbocker glories, banana splits and floats will be on offer at Café Indulgence, The Endeavour and Caffe Bertorelli, who also manufacture their own ice cream.

Frank Bertorelli, fourth generation owner of the town’s famous family café, said: “This is a great weekend for Newbiggin and we are delighted take part.

“My family has been making and serving ice cream well over 150 years and I am pleased to be sharing our traditional family recipes with visitors and locals alike.”

Elsewhere on Sunday, chocolate makers will be in the town.

Benton firm The Chocolate Smiths will be there with their innovative range of flavours.

Owner Steffi Smith said: “We are really looking forward to coming to Newbiggin for the day. Easter is an important time in the chocolate world and it is exciting to be part of this great event – we are working on an extra special flavour to bring with us.”

On Easter Monday, the local cafes come into their own again.

To go with the planned classic car rally, vintage shop window competition and vintage fair, the town’s cafes will turn themselves into vintage tea rooms.

Joyce Durmaz, owner of The Restaurant Endeavour, said: “We are in a very historic building in the village centre and there are many vintage and antique features to our dining rooms, including a Victorian black lead range so we are the perfect location in which to enjoy tea and scones.

“It’s going to be great fun to be in the centre of all the activity. I can’t wait.”

There is still time for street food traders, chocolatiers, vintage car owners or vintage market traders to get involved in the event.

Lynn Burns, Chairman of the Newbiggin Town Team, which is organising the celebration, said: “There are still a few opportunities for businesses to book into aspects of the weekend.

“We want to welcome as many as possible, but time, and space, is running short so people should contact us quickly.”

Anyone interested in getting involved in any aspect of the weekend can email hspprningupnorth@gmail.com