South Tyneside’s first food festival turned to be a resounding success after sales and feedback from customers have supported businesses in South Tyneside.
The festival which ran from October 3 for a week saw 28 eateries taking part from South Shields, Jarrow, Hebburn and Boldon.
Restaurants which took part offered a discounted two or three course menu, with some dishes having been specially made for the event.
Richard Ord, from family-run award-winning fish and chips restaurant Colman’s in South Shields, said: “We sold 195 of our South Tyneside Restaurant Week specials, which is excellent.
“More importantly though, the event brought some great positive publicity and really helped raise the profile of the borough.”
A number of eateries including Italian and Indian cuisines have made changes to their menu as a result of the feedback from customers who attended the event.
The new event has encouraged more people to eat out and was designed to help boost tourism in the borough, the South Tyneside council has reported.
Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “From the feedback we have received, South Tyneside Restaurant Week was a huge hit with restaurateurs and diners alike.
“The event also helped to raise the profile of eating out in South Tyneside and we are already thinking about what we can do next year.
“We would like to thank all those who took part and supported our first Restaurant Week, which is just one of a number of exciting events that have taken place this year.
“Our popular South Tyneside Festival was the best yet and we have a wonderful programme of festive entertainment and activities coming soon with the return of Christmas Wonderland.”
This specialised event was able to achieve its aim of helping to raise awareness of the wide range of cuisines that are available as well as helping local businesses.