Sunderland Food and Drink Festival to take place June 23-25

The Sunderland Food and Drink Festival promises three days of fun, food and entertainment. From June 23-25 the city will welcome cuisines from across the globe, homegrown food heroes, and a tasty menu packed with activities for children and live music.

Keel Square, High Street West and Market Square will host stalls and pop-ups featuring Greek and Chinese food as well as delicious offerings from the Caribbean and Singapore. More than 50 traders are taking part, along with local producers who will be offering a range of delicious items for sale.

All the food – and drink – will be accompanied by a packed programme of live music, including performances from Take That cover group, Re-Take That; former X-Factor star turned Capital Drive Time DJ, Sam Lavery; Ibiza Soul Duo; and a host of local talent including This Little Bird and Sunderland College indie rock band, Swindled.

Arts and crafts sessions will be on offer, while colourful characters will be out and about to keep children entertained, as well as unique acts including stilt walking chefs and cupcakes, and comedy dinner ladies. Keel Square will be offering a range of giant games, with face painters also operating throughout the weekend.

The star of the show will undoubtedly be the exciting food offering, with Spanish, French and Indian cuisine among the many on show. Drinks will include cocktails from Cocktail Bay and a Polish beer garden will serve a range of ales, along with a Pimm’s Tuk-tuk, Black Beetle Drinks, and Dipple Tipple. There will also be the option for some retail therapy, with a range of handicrafts, jewellery and ornaments on offer.

The festival has been created by Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council. For more information visit

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