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EAT! NewcastleGateshead announces partnership with Northumberland, Tyne And Wear NHS Foundation Trust

20th May 2011

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EAT! NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD is proud to announce its partnership with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest mental health and learning disability NHS trusts in England, on a special project entitled the Tastes Good, Feels Great Cookbook.

With levels of diet-related ill health and obesity increasing in the UK, EAT! will be raising awareness of the physical and emotional benefits of cooking, eating and sharing good food by working with 30 people currently undergoing treatment for mental health issues. 

The project will promote greater knowledge and understanding of food and cooking, focusing on low cost recipes that are healthy and using culinary know-how to ensure they also taste great.  Following several months of cooking workshops, communal meals and food producer visits, the project will culminate in the production of a special cookbook that will be given to future service users and to members of the public.

Simon Preston, Festival Director for EAT! NewcastleGateshead said:  “EAT! NewcastleGateshead is all about championing local food that makes you happy and healthy, we firmly believe that cooking and sharing good food is key to improving quality of life for all of us.

“With this project we aim to bring local chefs and food producers together with the members of this diverse community of people to show that, mixing inexpensive, fresh ingredients with a little insider knowledge, anyone can cook great food to share with family and friends.

“It's been thrilling to see the participants develop and change through the process and we hope that by producing a cook book documenting their achievement, many more people in the future will benefit from the project.”

Paul Veitch, Nurse Consultant at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are really proud to be part of EAT! NewcastleGateshead.  Our service users have enjoyed working with local chef, Sam Storey to create new and exciting recipes which will form part of the Tastes Good, Feels Great Cookbook.  

“Service users have particularly gained benefits from the social aspect of sourcing, cooking and sharing good food with family and friends plus this work compliments the work our staff already do to help service users gain new skills.”   

The Tastes Good, Feels Great Cookbook Project will also see the participants cooking at The Big EAT! weekend on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June where members of the public can taste some of the dishes.

Carol Bell, Head of Culture & Major Events at NewcastleGateshead Initiative said: “EAT! plays a very important role in the community and many of the non-public facing events are with local schools, colleges and community groups, educating people on food and healthy eating.

“The Tastes Good, Feels Great Cookbook is another great example of a project that involves local people and will continue to have a positive impact after the festival has finished.”

EAT! NewcastleGateshead, the innovative food and drink festival that has helped put North East produce on the map, returns in 2011 from Friday 17 – Sunday 26 June for another ten days of eclectic events that serve up food in a brand new way.

 Now celebrating its fifth year, EAT! champions local food producers, restaurants and culinary talent in North East England through a programme of events that includes; The Big EAT! (Sat 18 – Sunday 19 June), a mouthwatering weekend of street food markets, themed satellite festivals, cookery demonstrations, competitions and food adventures.  Sample food and drink from the North East’s finest producers at the Food Heroes Tasting Market, satisfy your sweet-tooth at the brand new Chocolate Festival, spice up your life at the Chilli and Beer Festival and take your pick of the morning’s catch as a local fishing boat lands on the Quayside. 

Other edible festival highlights include; Cakebook (North) (Sun 26 June), an ambitious plan to create a giant edible map of North England using landmark heritage structures, modeled out of cake.  The Great North Eco-Art-Feast (Sun 26 June), an epic environmentally-friendly feast celebrating Hannah Glasse’s legendary cookbook, ‘The Art of Cookery’ and the return of the popular Artisan House Party (Throughout the festival), a series of food making themed parties with special guest artisans.

Tickets for EAT! NewcastleGateshead are available now and can be purchased online at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21.  For information about the full festival programme, please visit,


For further information, interview requests, images etc, please contact David Brookbanks, Media & PR Manager for NewcastleGateshead Initiative on 0191 440 5740 / 07946 581 417 or email


EAT! NewcastleGateshead is developed and produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative as part of its innovative and distinctive festivals and events programme.

EAT! is funded by Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and Northern Rock Foundation. For further details see

The Big EAT! Weekend is sponsored by NE1, the Business Improvement District Company, as part of their Alive After Five campaign, for more information see

Simon Preston is a freelance food consultant. For further details see

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