Food festival to draw people back into Sunderland's venues in showcase of talents and tastes

A food festival is set to encourage people to experience dining out and shopping once again this summer.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 4:53 pm

The city-wide event is due to run from Tuesday, June 1, to Sunday, June 27.

But while there will be no market to peruse, its organisers are working to put on online cookery demonstrations, food challenges, family activities and showcases of Sunderland’s restaurants and food retailers as the economy begins the recovery from the pandemic.

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The Gastronaut, Stefan Gates, Great British Bake Off finalist Alice Fevronia and TV chef Rustie Lee will appear online as part of the festival.

The first guests have been announced, with a full programme to be announced soon by Sunderland City Council and Sunderland BID.

Taking to the online kitchen to share their culinary skills will be celebrity chef Rustie Lee and Great British Bake Off finalist Alice Fevronia, who appeared in the 2019 series.

Family entertainment will include virtual science experiments by The Gastronaut, Stefan Gates.

Councillor Linda Williams, Portfolio Holder for Vibrant City, said: "The whole city will benefit from this great event showcasing the very best of Sunderland cuisine.

“We have some amazing retailers and delicious local dishes in our vibrant city and we can’t wait to celebrate them."

Sharon Appleby, Head of Business Operations at Sunderland BID added: "We are delighted to be working with Sunderland City Council to deliver a city-wide food and drink programme.

"This year will be different to the food festivals we have delivered in the past.

"Instead of having a food market, we will be encouraging residents to use the many restaurants and food retailers we have in the city as well as moving the cookery demonstrations online.

"This will mean that so many more people can benefit from them and cook along with celebrities at home."

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