Futureheads cause a stir ahead of Sunderland food festival

Organisers of this years food festival at Herrington Country Park, Barry Hyde, Martyn Mcfadden, Rob Deverson and Ross Millard taking part in a cookery class with North East Executive chef for Create, Joanne Stoddart.

Organisers of this years food festival at Herrington Country Park, Barry Hyde, Martyn Mcfadden, Rob Deverson and Ross Millard taking part in a cookery class with North East Executive chef for Create, Joanne Stoddart.

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THE Futureheads have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen ahead of a food event they are spearheading.

The four-piece, who help to organise the Split Festival, have teamed up with Sunderland City Council to hold Split Feastival, a food festival which will take place in Herrington Country Park from June 15 to 17.

A free event, the feastival promises the cream of the region’s food and drink from about 100 stalls.

In preparation for the three- day celebration of food, the band picked up some culinary tips from Create in Hendon.

Based in Lombard Street, Create teaches homeless people catering skills with a view to them gaining employment in the field.

The Split Feastival is a spin-off from the food tent which proved hugely popular at last year’s Split music Festival at Ashbrooke Sports Ground.

Barry, one of the Split Festival committee members who will be curating the food village, said: “Everyone in the Split camp is absolutely delighted to be involved with food festivals and we’d like to thank the council for this opportunity.

“Festival comes from the word feast, and we think that’s what British people do best. Good healthy food is so important for creating a happy, positive, creative life so we are over the moon to be making that happen through the wonderful people that sell an amazing variety of excellent food at our events.”

The Split Feastival will be part of a number of events being staged, to coincide with the Olympic Torch relay, which are expected to attract 50,000 Wearsiders to Herrington Country Park over the course of the weekend.

Highlights are set to include a vast array of savoury, sweet, local and international foods, specialist stalls, a farmers’ market, cooking demonstrations, family attractions and micro-breweries.

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