Sunderland Food Festival to take over city centre June 23-25

Food from every corner of the world, live music and free family activities are set to take over Sunderland city centre June 23-25 as the city’s Food Festival makes a welcome return.

Keel Square, High Street West and Market Square will play host to stalls and pop-ups offering food from the Caribbean, Europe, Afghanistan and lots more. There’ll also be plenty on offer from local producers too.

The event will also feature a host of live music, including performances from Take That cover group Re-Take That and former X Factor star turned Capital Drive Time DJ Sam Lavery, The three-day programme will also feature local musicians, artists and entertainers – with arts, crafts, games and walkabout characters to keep children entertained.

More than 50 traders have already signed up to take part – from German bratwurst and noodles from Singaporea to Polish kielbasa and Greek gyros. There’s also set to be food from Spain, France, India and many more countries to sample. Meanwhile, drinks will include cocktails from Cocktail Bay and a Polish beer garden serving a range of ales. There’ll also be opportunities to buy South American handicrafts, Turkish lamps, North African wooden ornaments and local crafts too.

The festival has been created by Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council. Sharon Appleby, chief executive at Sunderland BID, said: “This year’s festival is possibly the most varied and cosmopolitan culinary event we’ve ever staged. Sunderland has a growing and very well-deserved reputation when it comes to food and restaurants, and this festival will be a riot of new flavours and dishes – with a side dish of superb entertainment.”

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