Hamilton Food & Wine Festival 

BEAUMONT Street will truly live up to its reputation as Newcastle’s Eat Street on Sunday with the Hamilton Food and Music Festival.

For 26 years the festival has shown off the best food, music and more  at the cosmopolitan shopping strip. More than 100 cafes, restaurants and shops will throw open their doors,  joined by a number of market stalls and al fresco dining options for tomorrow’s event.

Two stages will feature performances from Wes Carr, Screaming Jets’ Grant Walmsley’s project Freebird, Voodoo Express and more.

Students from Hamilton dance studios and music schools will also perform.

Beaumont Street will be closed to traffic from 9am to about 6pm for the festival organised by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

Co-ordinator Ian Mackey said the festival  attracted between 15,000 and 20,000 people in previous years.

‘‘The uniqueness about Hamilton is that in almost a kilometre we have five hotels, about 60-plus cafes and restaurants, about 40-plus retail outlets, every bank, every building society, solicitors, accountants, dentists, doctors and four chemists so it’s got absolutely everything you could ever need. We like to think of it as Newcastle’s alternate CBD,’’ Mr Mackey said.

He said  ‘‘real people’’ made the difference.

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