Local heroes join Sunderland Food and Drink Festival

Smashin’ Pasties and Geordie Bangers are just two of the North East-based traders lined up for the Sunderland Food and Drink Festival June 23-25.

Keel Square, High Street West and Market Square will play host to stalls and pop-ups featuring cuisines from around the world alongside those produced closer to home.

Visitors to the event – which will also feature live music, arts and crafts – will be able to sample everything from piccalillis and chutneys made to original family recipes by Calder’s Kitchen in Darlington to Catchi’s kimchi, handmade in Newcastle.

Pelaw-based Davenport Chocolate and Newcastle Scotch egg producer The Yolker will also be attending along with the Cracked Bean Roastery.

Newcastle-based Smashin’ Pasties will be selling a range of plant-based savoury pasties, pastries and sweet treats while Geordie Bangers will be bringing sausages made from three generations of recipes.

Weardale Cheese will bring a range of artisan cheeses to the event, while Tyne Chease will showcase the UK’s first artisan vegan cheese made in Northumberland.

For those with a sweet tooth there will be doughnuts from Tynemouth’s Deep North, brownies and blondies from Newcastle’s The Brownie Bar, and AWesome Chocolates created by Alistair Walklett, a pastry chef with more than 45 years’ experience at some of the UK’s finest hotels.

Simply Cheesecake will be making an appearance, as will South Shields’ The Little Cakery By The Sea, and Newcastle-based Loose Leaf Tea Company and Mazzeh Spice.

Carlisle’s Stonehouse Smokery will be selling their wares and talking about sustainability and ethical farming practices, while the Sunshine Cooperative will offer a one-stop shop for all things local and sustainable.

They will be joined by more than 50 traders from around the world selling everything from German bratwurst and Singaporean noodles to Polish kielbasa, Greek gyros and streetfood from France, India and Afghanistan.

The event will also feature performances from Take That cover group Re-Take That and former X-Factor star turned Capital Drive Time DJ Sam Lavery, along with local musicians, artists and entertainers.


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