THINGS will be hotting up for charity as a popular Newcastle restaurant turns up a festival’s heat………
Bob and Neeta Arora, owners of Sachins in Forth Banks, are the brains behind Street Spice @ Life, the region’s first and largest three-day spice food festival, which will be arriving in the city next month.
While the event will be a favourite with foodies – and attracting scores of curry experts and chefs from across the UK – it will also be providing food for thought as much-needed cash is raised for Brain Tumour UK.
Neeta Arora’s brother-in-law, Kuly Ral, died from a brain tumour last May aged 35, so the family thought it would be fitting to help out such a worthy cause and will be donating any funds raised from the festival to the charity.
Geeta Ral, 31, of Gosforth, who was married to the music producer from Urban-Bhangra group RDB, said: “Kuly would have absolutely loved this festival, it would have been right up his street. He was always travelling around and trying new things, so I know he would be very excited by this.”
Mr Ral, who was father to Priya, three, was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2011, but despite undergoing radiotherapy and travelling to Texas in America, to try alternative treatments, sadly he couldn’t be cured.
Geeta Ral said: “That’s why we want to raise as much cash as possible for Brain Tumour UK, the restaurant will be donating all proceeds from the festival to the charity, and other stall holders can do so if they wish.”
Street Spice @ Life will take place in a huge marquee outside Centre For Life in Times Square.
The event will be kicking off on Thursday, February 28, from 4pm to 10pm, continuing on Friday, March 1, between 4pm and 10pm, before culminating on Saturday – where the fun will run from 12pm to 10pm.
Hundreds of spicy food experts will gather together to create a fusion of different tastes, cultures and experiences – a must for gastronomes everywhere.
The festival will be free to enter, easy to access and with hundreds of partners serving up delicious spicy street fare at affordable prices. The event will play host to some of the finest (and even some celebrity) chefs from around the country, with everything from Bollywood dancers to authentic food demonstrators from experts in their field.
There will be an array of food, entertainment from all cultures and the chance to experience the first Asian street food festival that Newcastle has ever seen. Street food from Argentina to Vietnam, will be served, along with Asian style cocktails
The Hungry Gecko, Rib Man, the award-winning Manjits Kitchen, Sachins, El Kantina and Dosa Hut are just some of the stands that will be available at the event which is being sponsored by Metro Radio and Close House Hotel and Golf.
We have over 20 hot and cold food stalls serving up their tried and tested delights and even a few local traders such as Tasty Thai Deli & Pit Stop making their debut as street food vendors, so make sure your there to show your support.
So who will be there and what will they be serving up ?
The Rib Man – Ribs
Manjits Kitchen – Indian
Sachins – Indian
Paleo London – Paleo
David Kennedy – Argentinean
Papa Ganoush – Turkish
El Kantina – Mexican
Lulu Chai – Chinese
Rileys Fish Shak – Fishy Goodness
Electric East -Vietnamese
Las Paellas – Spanish
Heavenly Mana – Afro Caribbean
Rasa Nusantarus – Indonesian
Loves Food Ltd – American
Ramside Hall – Philippines
Epicurists – Brazilian
And sweet treats for you all provided by
Ellies Cupcake Kitchen
The French Oven
Lil Cheesecke Co
We will also have Cocktails and Wines provided by Popolo Events and a special Pale Ale by Wylam Brewery
Don’t forget the freshly roasted ground coffee from Tynemounth Coffee…