THE city centre’s first large-scale festival of food is preparing to dish up a feast.
Plans are in full swing for the Sunderland Festival of Food on May 25 and 26 in Mowbray Park.
The event, which will incorporate cookery demonstrations in the Museum and Winter Gardens, is aimed at showcasing North East food vendors while also educating kids and families about food.
Highlights in the fenced-off area in Mowbray Park will include street food and restaurant stalls selling meals from across the globe; a beer, ale and champagne tent and live music.
The not-for-profit event is being delivered by Opus Dining Club and Sunderland Live.
Lesley Craggs, director at Opus Dining Club, said: “We’ve had such a positive response to the festival. Lots of people have been contacting us, asking if they can be involved and a lot of people have been talking about it.
“We’re really strict about it just being for North East vendors, so we’ve actually had to turn traders away who’ve approached us from outside the area.”
As well as hands-on demonstrations in sugarcraft and cake decorating, kids will be able to take part in pizza workshops and adults can join a frugal chicken workshop where they can learn how to utilise the whole of a chicken.
The festival will be launched on May 23 with a Gala dinner on the Quayside Exchange with dishes whipped up by catering students from Sunderland College.
l Tickets for the Sunderland Festival of Food are £3 online or £5 on the gate.
They are available in advance from www.sunderlandfestivaloffood.co.uk.