Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


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North East egg producer Lintz Hall Farm has come on board to sponsor this year's series of Proper Food and Drink Festivals taking place across the region.

The family-run business based at Burnopfield, County Durham, has signed-up to back all three of this year's foodie events earmarked for South Shields' Bents Park between May 24 to 26, the newly refurbished Esplanade by Whitley Bay's iconic Spanish City on June 14 and 15, and Northumberland Square, North Shields, on August 30 and 31.

The Proper Food and Drink Festivals are organised by Mark and Shelley Deakin of Hot Stuff Chilli Company fame, and had their first successful outing in North Shields in August last year.

All the free-to-attend events championing North East produce will include around 70 gourmet food and drink traders as well as a street eats' area and live entertainment, and are expected to each attract in excess of 10,000 visitors.

Richard Tulip, Lintz Hall Farm's sales and marketing director, says the firm is delighted to have allied itself with the festivals. "As a long-established North East food producer which has been supplying businesses small and large with eggs for the past 61 years, Lintz Hall Farm was keen to continue its relationship with an event which does so much to champion the region's finest food and drink.

"We were involved with the first Proper Food and Drink Festival and I was immensely impressed with not just the wide range of top quality local producers who were at the event, but the number of people it brought into North Shields over the course of the two days. "At Lintz Hall Farm we are passionate about local food, passionate about the North East and passionate that people should be given every chance possible to discover the wealth of amazing artisan producers the region boasts."

For more information, go to and ? Mark and Shelley Deakin are also the brains behind the now annual North East Chilli Festival, which has its third outing at the National Trust's Seaton Delaval Hall in south west Northumberland on July 5 and 6 this year.

The couple are carving out a niche for themselves as food festival organisers as they also have a hand in the 2014 Lakes Chilli Festival on August 2 and 3 at the Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens near Penrith, Cumbria, which they are running in conjunction with Adam Marks of multi-award winning Carlisle-based Mr Vikki's Indian fusion pickles, chutneys and sauces.

The event, which has the support of Made in Cumbria as well as the Dalemain estate, is making a return to the lakes after a three-year absence with the great and good of the UK chilli scene already booked up, as well as local producers backed up by entertainment and real ale, wine and cocktail bars. …

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