Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Food Festival Sunday

Final preparations are in full swing for Saltburn’s first Food Festival - which takes place on Sunday.

The event, which will be held on Milton Street, will be the first of its kind in the town.

Over 45 stalls from North-east food producers – many based within half an hour of Saltburn - will be selling cheese, chocolate, wine, meat, baked goods and sweet treats.

A favourite of Saltburn Farmers’ Market – Skinningrove Wines will be there, with owner Ian Coles on hand to give his hints and tips on how he produces his lovely fruit wines.

Also there will be Nobia African cuisine, run by Ghanian born Nobia Deprez, who now lives in Middlesbrough, and Saltburn’s very own trendy street food business The Greedy Bassets Kitchen.

A large section of Milton Street, in central Saltburn, will be closed for the food festival and the road will turn into a street party – with picnic tables in a central spot and live music throughout the day.

The highlight of the event will be the appearance of TV celebrity chef Kenny Atkinson, who has appeared on the BBC hit cooking show Great British Menu.

Kenny, who is patron of Saltburn Farmers’ Market, has taken time out of his hectic schedule - his new restaurant in Newcastle is due to open in the next few months - to give a cooking demonstration at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Members of the general public are being encouraged to take part in the food making workshops, such as sausage making with Gosnay’s Butchers on Milton Street and decorating gingergread houses with Egton based business The Gingerbread House.

Parking for the free event is available in Huntcliff School and the council owned car park opposite the golf club and a Park and Ride Scheme will be provided.

Visitiors are also encouraged to catch the train to the event – the station platform is in front of the food festival.

Saltburn Food Festival runs from 10am to 4pm.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Nothing bog standard here.

Completion of a £140,000 project to improve visitor facilities at Saltburn has set the standard for future development.

The new and modern toilets at Saltburn's lower promenade include indoor and outdoor showers and are part of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s £1.3m Improving our Visitor Facilities programme.

Now Saltburn Railway Station facilities will be refurbished in the same distinctive Victorian-style used for the new facilities on Saltburn Promenade.

Other work in the programme includes improvements to signage and car parks as well as a drive to encourage the private creation of chalets and beach huts.

The scheme, which is expected to be complete by 2014, compliments other programmes such as the Guisborough Forest and Walkway and Redcar Seafront.

In addition, it brings the number of refurbished public toilets in the borough to eight, with plans to build a ninth in Skinningrove, at a total cost of £325,000.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Olwyn Peters, said: “Saltburn is looking fantastic and we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the region. Work to refurbish our public toilets ensures that the borough remains accessible to elderly people, families with young children and other visitors. Many of us take these kinds of facilities for granted but for others they really are essential.”