Sunderland Food and Drink Festival returns June 7-9

Sunderland Food and Drink Festival – which promises a celebration of all things culinary along with some added ingredients – will return June 7-9 with events taking place across Keel Square, High Street West and Market Square, with more areas set to come on board.

As well as offering the opportunity to tuck into favourites from across the globe from a range of continental food stalls as well as local, independent traders – the festival will also be serving up a host of workshops and live entertainment.

Among those already signed up to take part are Karachi and Spice Indian street food, Sweet de Belly Caribbean cuisine, noodle bars, and stands offering German bratwurst. Greek, Mexican, Hungarian, Thai, Turkish, Chinese and Italian food will be on offer too, and there will be stalls selling sauces, tray bakes, cakes, cheese and chutneys. Local favourites Fat Hippo and Twisted Chick will also be part of the event.

The market will also feature a range of handicraft items from South America, Turkey and Spain – with some 50 traders expected to take part.

Keel Square will be a focus for entertainment throughout the weekend, with performances by Abba tribute duo Voulez 2, and X Factor finalist Amelia Lily. Workshops for youngsters include the opportunity to decorate a pot and then plant herbs in it. Walkabout characters will also be out and about throughout the festival.

Sharon Appleby – chief executive of Sunderland BID, which organises the festival – said: “We have had so much positive feedback after last year’s event and we know that the food and drink festival is something that everyone looks forward to. It’s a great mix of something for everyone and we can’t wait to unveil further details of the programme in the coming weeks.”

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