Eats and Beats is calling crowds of food and music fans to Newcastle1
Savoring the sounds, tastes and beautiful surroundings of Newry, Morne and Down’s giant new adventure, huge crowds gathered for the Eats and Beats festival in Newcastle this weekend.
Foodies and music lovers were treated to two food villages and three music stages filled with celebrity chefs, fringe events, live music, family fun and a world of cuisine, with visitors choosing from more of 60 food and drink stalls at Homegrown and Food Villages of the World at Donard Park and Castle Park.
On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September, Visit Morne’s new food journey, Savor Visit Morne, delighted festival-goers with the best food and drink experiences presented by Paul Cunningham – famous for his appearance on the Great British Menu, owner of the most Morne Larder and Dundrum’s newest restaurant, Scopers, and famous for its extraordinary secret culinary experiments. A wide array of local food and beverage producers and experience and hospitality providers also delighted food lovers with a wonderful array of delicious food and craft beverages.
The incredible musical lineup offered an eclectic mix of styles and genres creating a great festival vibe across the seaside town throughout the weekend. Newcastle resonated to the sounds of live music from The Undertones and Kila on Donard Park’s Homegrown Stage, expertly hosted by QRadio presenter, comedian and DJ Ryan Hand.
Music lovers danced across countries and continents to the best of Brazilian Samba, Indian Bhangra, Latin, African and many other forms of traditional music on Castle Park’s World Music Stage. Crowds were treated to some of the best new and upcoming bands from the local and Irish scene at the Rising Stage on the Promenade, including indie-folk duo RUE singer-songwriter Lathya and own indie rock band/ Downpatrick’s alternative, The Thing Is.
Newry, Morne and Down District Council Chairman Councilor Michael Savage said: “The rain certainly didn’t spoil the atmosphere in Newcastle this weekend. Crowds from all over Northern Ireland and Ireland, and even further afield, flocked to the city to enjoy a fabulous weekend of Eats and Beats.
“Newry, Morne and Down is increasingly known for the quality of its food and drink offerings and has long had a solid reputation for producing talented and successful musicians. Thanks to the Council’s tourism arm, Visit Morne, this first-class food and music festival showcased our strongest assets in one of the most beautiful locations in the district.
“The Eats and Beats Festival wrapped up the Council’s summer event schedule, but luckily for locals and visitors alike, our fall event schedule is just around the corner. Full details will be available on the Visit Morne website in the coming weeks. »