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Everything You Need to Know about Living North LIVE 2024 at Newcastle Racecourse

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April 2024
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Here's what you need to know about at Living North LIVE at Newcastle Racecourse

We are delighted to return for 2024 with Living North LIVE, the North East's Homes, Gardens, Shopping, Food & Lifestyle Exhibition.
Chefs Cooking Live

Read on to find out more about the brilliant chefs and distillers so you can plan your perfect day at LIVE.

Eddie Saint, Jesmond Dene House

Friday 19th

11am Rhian Cradock, The Feathers Inn 

Rhian has been cheffing for more than 30 years. Having started in Newcastle he moved to London and worked in several Michelin-starred kitchens before moving back to the North East to open his own place – he has been at The Feathers for more than 15 years. The Feathers has won more than 40 national awards and Rhian continues to lead the way in local and seasonal cooking in the region.

12pm Chris Dodds, Beadnell Towers and Kitchen

Newly appointed head chef Chris blends local produce and food heritage with confident cooking and relaxed Northumbrian hospitality. Chris, who is from County Durham, embarked on his culinary journey at Ramside Hall and from there his professional path has led him to establishments such as Close House and the AA Rosette-awarded Lumley Castle, before arriving at Beadnell Towers and Kitchen. He has a passion for teaching and takes great joy in mentoring young apprentices, passing his skills on to the next generation of North East chefs.

1pm Michael White, Beach House

Michael is the chef behind the newly-redeveloped Beach House in Seahouses, and uses fresh ingredients sourced from our local area to create delicious dishes.   

2pm Eddie Saint, Jesmond Dene House

An accomplished chef and mentor, Eddie Saint assumed the role of executive head chef at Jesmond Dene House in 2023. He has worked at leading North East hotels since his beginnings as a commis chef at Hotel du Vin in 2009. Eddie’s tenure at the renowned Riley's Fish Shack deepened his expertise in seafood. Joining Jesmond Dene House in 2021 as senior sous chef, he has played a pivotal role in Fern Dining Room & Bar's success.

Hotel du Vin

Saturday 20th

11am Kyle Greenwood

During his time on hit show MasterChef: The Professionals Kyle Greenwood showcased his exceptional passion and skill in the kitchen. Kyle has worked in renowned restaurants across the country, from Newcastle to London. Currently serving as a sous-chef at Seaham Hall in Durham since 2021, he also offers private dining services. Recently, Kyle collaborated with MEATSTACK, Newcastle’s popular burger joint, to curate a special menu for NE1 Restaurant Week, infusing it with an Indian-inspired twist. The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive, and Kyle takes immense pride in bringing a unique and exciting culinary experience to the local food scene.

12pm Tomahawk Steakhouse

The award-winning Tomahawk Steakhouse group are well known across the region for serving mouth-watering Himalayan salt dry-aged steaks, sharing boards, and legendary Sunday roasts. The executive chef team will be joining us at Living North LIVE to demonstrate their skills and share their expertise on everything steak. Explaining the tried and tested ways to cook the best tomahawk, wagyu sirloin or ribeye, they will let you in on all the hints and tips for cooking the perfect steak (as well as the secret to making the very best macaroni cheese, chimichurri and bacon and creamed peas at home).

1pm Hotel du Vin 

You’ll find the team at Hotel du Vin are passionate about wine and food, and their aim is to help you explore, discover, or simply enjoy your favourite wines, as their expert in-house wine ambassadors and bar teams draw from a cellar with an extensive mix of wines from around the world. From traditional quality Bordeaux and Burgundy through to trendy wines from the New World, Hotel du Vin promises something new for everyone.

2pm Alessandro Venturi, Spaghetti Junction

Alessandro is an Italian chef who specialises in pasta. He grew up in Rome and Matera in southern Italy under the guidance of his mentor, Michelin-starred chef Vitantonio Lombardo. Alessandro’s passion for traditional cooking inspired him to open a street food truck in York serving authentic regional Italian cuisine. His cooking has been featured in Rachel Roddy's Pasta Cookbook (An A-Z of Pasta: Stories, Shapes, Sauces, Recipes). Spaghetti Junction is his most recent project and launched last year.

The Italian Wine Shop

Sunday 21st

11am Kevin Mulraney, Bewicks Kitchen & Coffee House

Kevin was classically French trained at the Naval and Military Club in London, serving royalty and government diplomats. After his apprenticeship he worked in prestigious restaurants around the West End, including Morton's Club (where he achieved three Rosettes) and Soho’s iconic Lindsay House, achieving three Rosettes and a Michelin star, before opening his own restaurant, The Yacht Club, at St Katherine Docks. After returning to the North East with his family just over a decade ago, he acted as consultant chef to top outlets across the North East and Yorkshire, before settling down and launching his own restaurant, Bewicks. Expect London-style food and classic dishes with an eclectic twist.

12pm Al Roberto, Simmer Kitchen

Founder of Simmer Kitchen, Al Roberto (aka The Rock Star Chef) is from a large Italian family who emigrated to Leeds in the early 1970s. Al’s family has influenced the Italian food scene for some time, and now he is continuing to build on the legacy inspired by his roots. Al specialises in traditional Italian cuisine and fine dining with a modern touch, and has worked across Yorkshire. Now, he has developed Simmer Kitchen to bring private dining and event catering straight to the table. He has recently worked with Gregg Wallace and The Yorkshire Food & Drink Festival to bring crowds live food demos, Italian style. You can read more about his journey into cooking here.

1pm The Italian Wine Shop

A family business to its core, the team at The Italian Wine Shop is headed up by Angelica Sykes who is passionate about creating an immersive tasting experience for curious Brits who want to branch out into small-batch, authentic Italian wines. Whether you want something full-bodied for an indulgent late night dinner with friends, light and bubbly for getting ready with the girls, or something with enough character to transport you to a sunny beach far away, The Italian Wine Shop will be with you every step of the way with expert advice and friendly conversation.

2pm Richard Sim, The Potted Lobster

Richard is a Living North favourite and has been a touch busy of late as his Bamburgh restaurant, The Potted Lobster, has won Michelin plaudits. He’s also been busy developing the delightful new hotel and bistro combination in Alnmouth, The Whittling House. Plus, during the winter months, he’s occupied on the Northumbrian moors as his appreciation of the finest local produce (whether it’s game, fish or a raft of other seasonal fare) is vital to the success of his highly-regarded restaurants.

LIVE Lounge

Don’t miss the amazing speakers and demonstrations in our LIVE Lounge.


Friday 19th April 

Fragrance Workshop
With Michele from Scentica, who will explore how professional perfumers create fragrances, and why scent is a unique way of communication.

Beekeeping and Honey Chasing
With The Travelling Bee Co.

Linocut Design Workshop
With Heather Moore from The Peacock & The Printmaker.

How to create bespoke fabric prints using hand carved Lino blocks
With Heather Moore from The Peacock & The Printmaker

Power of yoga

Saturday 20th April 

Beekeeping and Honey Chasing
With The Travelling Bee Co.

Discover the power of yoga for mind and body
With Yoga Wallah.

Hand-built Pottery

Sunday 21st April 

Learn all about Sustainable Foraging
With Gemma, The Cramlington Forager.

Learn all about Sustainable Foraging
With Gemma, The Cramlington Forager.

Hand-built Pottery Workshop
With Keith from Ravn Clay.

Decorative Pottery Demonstration
With Keith from Ravn Clay.

Exhibitor List:

1512 Design Ltd
Genuine leather handbags and accessories.

A Blackbird Sang
A Blackbird Sang was founded in 2016 with designs based on the wildlife around them. Their name is taken from the poem Adlestrop by Edward Thomas, and nature and poetry are the inspiration for their work.

A1 Blinds
With over 35 years in business, and a wealth of knowledge and experience, they are experts in manufacturing and installing a comprehensive selection of window blinds for commercial use.

Alzheimers Society
Our mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, and able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.

Amber & Orange
Earrings from the highest quality materials, offering a perfect blend of beauty, durability and affordability. Lightweight and timeless, Amber & Orange earrings are designed to last a lifetime.

Amory London
Professional quality hair tools that empowers everyone to express their unique selves.

Bedroom Athletics have been making luxury slippers, slipper boots and beautiful bedtime-wear since 2007. Their mission then was to ‘ban boring bedwear’ and to make feeling comfortable at home a beautiful experience.

Beautiful and unique works of art in a minimalist form incorporating mixed media. The artwork comprises of quality canvas board, fine acrylic paint and genuine amber mined from the Baltic. Amber has been highly valued since Neolithic times.

Azcension Designs
A unique, bespoke range of silver, gold and gemset jewellery, plus leather and crystal accessories not available online or on the high street.

Bear Essentials
Wooden watches, sunglasses and other accessories.

Beauchamp Accessories
Bags and accessories.

Belle Boutique
A whole range of beautiful ladies’ goodies, based in Chester Le Street and Spennymoor.

Blacks Corner
A speciality delicatessen, eatery and wine bar that is here to re-define the British cheese and charcuterie markets.

BMW Building Products
BMW Building Products have been providing high quality windows, doors and conservatories since 1985 as a long established uPVC manufacturing specialist. They have a new, bespoke showroom to showcase their range of windows, doors and conservatories.

Breathe Lifestyle
A North East-based premium sleepwear brand.

Burn And Brew Witches Bazaar
A small, family-run business with a spooky heart, bringing the joy of all things spooky and sparkly all year round.

Cakes Direct From the Lodge
A small business based in Halifax which makes homemade fruitcakes and Yorkshire Parkin that are slow baked in an Aga. Their range of handmade truffles and chocolate bars flavoured with essential oils are extremely popular.

Calder's Kitchen
Calder's Kitchen started after discovering their Grandad Charlie's traditional piccalilli recipe. Charlie used to grow his favourite vegetables in his back garden in South Shields, and it’s those veggies that inspire the products they make today.

Cheeky Duchess
Beautiful women’s clothing from France, Italy, the USA and Canada. Dresses, knitwear, tops, trousers and ponchos in wool, silks and cottons.

Coldstream Holiday Park
Holiday caravans and hot tub holidays in the famous town of Coldstream, where the Tweed welcomes you to Scotland.

Handmade children’s clothes and accessories.

Daint Jewelley
Handcrafted fine jewellery intricately and purposefully made with the intention that designs can be cherished for a lifetime and passed on as heirlooms.

Deep North Group Ltd
Deep North produce and sell artisan doughnuts alongside speciality coffee.

An award-winning liquid deli from Scotland, selling a range of delicious food and drink in beautiful, refillable glass bottles.

Domaine de Palejay
A British wine producer with 40 years’ experience in the French wine industry. Based in the Rhône wine region in Southern France, their family estate is certified as of high environmental value.

Drinks Kitchen
Drinks Kitchen make award-winning non-alcoholic aperitif to provide a sophisticated and special alternative to alcohol. The range made from natural botanical ingredients includes: Spiced Rhubarb, Herb Verde, Grapefruit Piquante and Orange Cinchona.

Ear For You North East
Private nurse services: ear wax removal, blood tests and injections (including travel health vaccines). Qualified Nurse, CQC and NMC registered/regulated, fully insured and enhanced DBS checked. Free ear wax checks and consultations.

Emily Ward Art
International artist Emily Ward has created a exquisite gift range from her original bright and vibrant artwork. From beautiful framed tiles to irresistible cushions there is something for everyone. Emily will also be taking commissions.

Fat Lass Preserves
Artisan preserves with a modern twist, including marmalade for breakfast or cocktails.

Flint and Flame
Premium quality kitchen knives made form the highest quality German carbon steel, combining exceptional quality, performance and value.

From Loft to Loved
A small independent shop selling unique interiors and gifts for the home. All handmade in the North East, From Loft to Loved also run workshops and sell the supplies for you to make bespoke items yourself.

Fry’s Teak
A small, family-run supplier of high quality teak garden furniture and life-size teak root animal sculptures.

Fudge Town
Based in the North East, they sell various flavours of delicious handmade fudge. They have vegan and dairy-free options too.

Geoff's Bright Books
Independent Usborne Partners, they sell Usborne books for children to young adults and can also support schools to get free books and others to run their own bookshops.

Hair removal and exfoliating pads.

Food that brings you ‘flavour you can swear by’. Being family-run means HECK can do things differently. They make their sausages and burgers in small batches on their farm in Yorkshire. Although small, they’re big on premium quality and flavour.

Hopetown & Hunter
Hopetown & Hunter’s unique and mischievous collection of wearable art, to wear or display in the home, is made from up-cycled curios and keepsakes. Each piece is a one-off and often hand-embellished with beadwork.

Hotel Du Vin
Hotel Du Vin Newcastle is a beautifully restored Edwardian building situated in the heart of the city. Boasting stylish luxury, this boutique hotel is nestled on the banks of the River Tyne.

Ideal Caravans
A family business with over 50 years’ experience. Discover the benefits of holiday home and lodge ownership right on your doorstep in the varied, fascinating and beautiful North East.

Isaac Poad
Traders in Taste since 1863, crafting multi-award winning beer and gin in rural North Yorkshire.

Jane Charles Studio Glass
Jane Charles has been working with glass for over 40 years. She produces a wide range of free-blown studio glass vases, bowls, bottles paperweights and sculptural forms in an array of vivid colours, textures and finishes. Each piece is unique.

Jasmine & Lilah Design
A multidisciplinary design studio specialising in private residential design and show homes.

Jinger Drinks
Jinger Drinks produce organic and vegan ginger and turmeric concentrated drinks in different flavours. These health drinks aim to boost your immunity and help reduce inflammation. The cold pressed liquid in these concentrates acts as a superfood.

Katherine Hodgkinson
Katherine Hodgkinson is a maker/illustrator inspired by the art of slow crafting. She has a passion for making minimalist objects by hand that bring the beauty of the outdoors in.

They design, print and hand-make luxury interiors and gift products, using luxurious velvets.

Kitty's Ginger Wine
Non-alcoholic ginger wine, established in 2007 and based in Blyth, Northumberland.

Light Hearted
Recycled metal garden sculptures made from fridges, washing machines and oil drums in Zimbabwe.

They design and make individual cheesecakes.

M&H Bakes Ltd
A family-run business that makes and sells traybake brownies, tiffins, crunches and cakes by the full tray and slices.

Made with LOVE in Lancashire
Handmade, eco-conscious silver jewellery using semi precious stones and beads.

Maguires Country Parks
Looking to relax in a five-star country park or even interested in buying your own holiday home? Then look no further than Maguires Country Parks.

Ms Tita
Jamaica Blue Mountain roasted coffee beans, Nespresso compatible coffee capsules, coffee bags and coffee accessories.

Muckle Brewing
Beer bottled by hand in a garden brewery in Hadrian's Wall Country. There will be 13 delicious beers to choose from – all artisan in production and vegan.

Nordvek; The Sheepskin People. They specialise in quality sheepskin and leather homeware, clothing and accessories.

North Chocolates
Award-winning North Chocolates use only the finest, ethically sourced sustainable cocoa products specialising in seasonal, luxury chocolate bars.

Not Too Sentimental
Amusing chocolate-based gifts.

Nova Scotia Farm Produce
Prize-winning farmers and pie makers based at the foot of the vale of York. They have many pie and pastry recipes all of which are made without compromise. They offer samples of freshly baked pies and have baked, chilled or unbaked frozen for sale.

O'Donnell Moonshine
O'Donnell Moonshine is a craft spirits producer based in Manchester, specialising in moonshine.

Perfect Skincare
Perfect Skincare products made in the UK that are paraben free and natural – brow powders, stencils, heavenly oils and primers previously available in Debenhams and House of Fraser.

Portsonachan Hotel & Lodges
A Scottish Highlands getaway for two people in an ensuite hotel room including breakfast. This getaway is valid for 18 months and can be booked any time.

Pretty Paws
Where style meets wagging tails! They are a dog accessory brand dedicated to making your furry friends look paw-sitively adorable on their walkies. At Pretty Paws, they believe that every dog deserves to strut the streets in fashion-forward gear.

Pure Pet Food
At Pure, dogs are a part of the family, and they believe they should eat like one too.

Q Interiors
An interior design company providing handmade cushions, curtains, headboards and other soft furnishings as well as home accessories.

Queensway Orthodontics
Queensway Orthodontics are the North's leading specialist invisalign provider with seven practices across the North East, specialising in Invisalign and fixed braces.

Ray Stephenson Art
An array of original and unique art, framed originals, framed fine art prints, printed greeting cards and coasters, and hand-painted terracotta pots inspired by beautiful Northumberland.

Rebecca Pitcher
Modern country kitchen linens, china, blankets and cushions, designed and made in the UK.

Reny's Ark
Wooden, hand-carved animal statues, shelf sitters and ducks in a variety of styles. A unique range of giftware that will delight both young and old.

Ridiculously Rich by Alana
Luxury handmade cakes from Alana Spencer, winner of BBC’s The Apprentice 2016.

Ringtons Ltd
A beverage company that has been trading their famous teas, coffee and biscuits for over 100 years door to door, which also supplies cafés, restaurants and supermarkets.

Ruby Cosmetics
For perfect brows and defined contouring it has to be Ruby Cosmetics.

Rustic Revive & The Chesterfield Showroom
At Rustic Revive, they offer a custom bespoke furniture service, designing and making anything from tables and shelves to full pub and restaurant refits.

Ruth Haldon Design
Personally selecting semi-precious stones and glorious Czech glass beads, Ruth creates ‘confident jewellery for confident people’, offering colourful jewellery finished with sterling silver for on-trend, everyday wear.

SA Sauces
Unique flavour concentrates to make luxury pour-over sauces for meat, fish and pasta.

Sam Wood Art
A contemporary artist working in the North East.

Samosa and Sauce Ltd T/A Punjaban
Handmade samosas, artisan curry sauces and accompaniments.

Scarflace By Primrose C
Scarflace have been selling ladies accessories for more than 25 years and are handcrafted in a beautiful village in the Cambridgeshire countryside. What makes this product so unique is the simplicity of having the magnetic ends.

Shelley Louise Design
Since 2010 Shelley Louise has offered a vast selection of high quality handmade scented products. Each scent is vegan and cruelty free. Shelley Louise also has a range of beautifully handcrafted jewellery with prices starting from as little as £10.

Signature Scones
Handmade, homemade scones – both sweet and savoury.

Silk Route Spirits Limited
Silk Route Spirits is Mark and Phil, two friends committed to producing premier quality spirits using only the best ingredients from around the world to provide you with memorable drinks and take you on a journey of taste.

Silver Secrets Jewellery
Silver Secrets is a British brand established in 2010. The brand offers customers luxury sterling silver, gold and rose gold jewellery at an affordable price with pop-up shops throughout the UK and an online website.

Sizzlers Prime Meats
A small, family company producing artisan meats, roasts, award-winning gourmet sausages and more.

Spicymonkey offer delicious handmade curry sauces from around the world. As well as Indian-style curry, you can try something adventurous like Persian curry, Jamaican curry or Jungle curry.

Sue Fenlon
Original paintings from the coast and landscape of Northumberland.

A quirky art brand specialising in magical stationery, gifts and artsy products. Find pins, stickers, notepads, key rings and more that make beautiful gifts for those who want something a little bit unusual with a swirl of magic!

The Alnwick Rum & Spirits co.
Founded in 1914, The Alnwick Rum & Spirits Company is a thriving Northumberland producer of rum, gin and whisky, including the rum that started it all – the legendary dark.

The Brownie Bar
Gorgeously gooey, rich chocolate brownies and white chocolate blondies in a wide range of flavours.

The Hot Tub Warehouse
A local, family-run business who operate the largest hot tub, swim spa and sauna showroom in the North of England. Visit NE23 1WG to see their huge range from seven different manufacturers.

The Italian Wine Shop
A female-founded, family-run, fair trade speciality Italian wine importer and online store with a focus on sustainable vineyards and organic and vegan wines.

The Mighty Spice (Theory of Zou Ltd)
Offering a unique blend of authentic Indian spice mixes in paste form, packaged professionally for retail and home consumption only. All their spices are authentic, vegan, contain natural ingredients and the curry can be made in three easy steps.

The Mishmash Man
Highly-detailed illustrations mainly based around the histories of football clubs, other sports and music.

The Northern Wood Company
Elevate your every day with this eco-conscious range of fragrances and homeware, designed to uplift and inspire.

The Olive Store
They source their products in person and travel throughout the rural heart of Spain from north to south finding new regional specialities like cherry-infused balsamic vinegar to pork and potato chorizos.

The Yorkshire Kitchen
Mouth-watering dessert butters and savoury butters. Their dessert butters are the perfect accompaniment to your favourite puddings and pastries and their fine savoury butters can be used when cooking meats or spread on crusty bread.

The Yummy Yank
The Yummy Yank has been creating authentic, yet contemporary, bakes for nearly 20 years. Launched last year, Brownie Snaps are a new packaged product – a crispy little chocolate cookie in four flavours, ideal for gifting.

Thomas Bradley & Co
They are here to assist you, from sorting your Will and Power of Attorney to helping you setting up a Trust. Allowing them to assist you in any one of their specialist services allows you to protect loved ones.

Tropic with Catrina
Natural, vegan, cruelty-free skincare and makeup.

Tuman Gems & Crafts
Jewellery design, hallmark and handmade jewellery set with natural gem stone.

Valley View Food Company Limited
Jean's love affair with making jams started in 2001 from her kitchen in Newcastle. Now her handmade, award-winning products are enjoyed all across the county. They use only the best quality ingredients with no preservatives.

Wiktor Jewellery
Jewellery designer and maker working with sterling silver. He combines traditional techniques of pressing, etching or hammering with clean, contemporary design and elements of gold and cultured pearls. Lightweight and beautifully finished.

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