Once a month, Armstrong Bridge in Jesmond comes to life with an array of colourful stalls, mouth-watering smells, and a sea of hungry people. The Jesmond Food Market takes place on a Saturday each month, and last month I went down to the Dene for the first time in many moons to check it out.
My first recommendation would be not to eat a big breakfast on the day of the food market – you’ll soon come to regret it when you can’t hack trying something from nearly every vendor on Armstrong Bridge! You really are spoilt for choice at this food market – it’s probably one of the best local food markets I’ve ever been to. The variety of cuisines is astounding – from local food, to Middle Eastern food, from organic fruit and veg, to crepes, there is something for everyone to enjoy on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Jesmond Dene.
I had great difficulty in choosing what I was going to sample from the market, but luckily I had a friend with me to help and share the food with! First of all, we paid the Geordie Banger Co. a visit, where we picked up a couple of packs of our favourite pork sausages. All of their hand-crafted bangers are delicious, but I can’t recommend the Pork Sausages with Leek, Mushroom and Onion enough. They are utterly delicious in a sausage sarnie, casserole or with mash!
I eventually settled on getting a giant Chicken Gyros with all the trimmings from the Acropolis Street Food stall. I absolutely love Greek food and I’d seen pictures from this vendor at the Newcastle Quayside Market and Tynemouth Market – I couldn’t wait to try their food. The gyros was so delicious, packed full of chargrilled chicken, salad, chilli sauce, garlic mayo and fries. It was made even more delicious by how messy it was to eat – I love food you can really sink your teeth into and make a mess!
Alex doesn’t live in the North East at the moment, so whenever he comes up to visit, he begs me to go to Fat Hippo with him. No need this time, as they were selling their gorgeous burgers at the food market! We decided upon a PB&J burger with an extra patty – this may sound very unusual to anyone who has never eaten beef with peanut butter and jam, but trust me it works somehow! Coupled with Cajun fries, we really were in our idea of heaven with this food.
We’d had big plans of trying some donuts from the Proven Goods Co. stall, having seen and heard so much about them from New Girl in Toon and other bloggers in the area, but we were so full of scrumptious food already, we decided to save pudding for next time. Since then we’ve visited Proven Goods Co.’s new Hoult’s Yard store – it’s like an Aladdin’s cave for doughnut lovers!
We perused the other local food stalls such as Hexhamshire Organics, Papa Ganoush, Pink Lane Bakery and many more! We finished our trip out with a gorgeous stroll through Pets Corner and Jesmond Dene, where we saw some truly beautiful scenes. It’s always nice to remember what stunning places we have on our doorstep in Newcastle!
Sound good? You’re in luck! The Jesmond Food Market is back on Armstrong Bridge on the third Saturday of each month! I look forward to seeing you all there, and trying out everything I was too full for last month!
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