Sunderland Minster to host craft, music, food and beer fair

Andy Bradley (right) with some of the team behind Sanctuary 2014.
Andy Bradley (right) with some of the team behind Sanctuary 2014.
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SUNDERLAND Minster will play host to a celebration of music, food and drink over the May bank holiday weekend.

Sanctuary 2014 will run from May 2 to 4, with a host of activities including a showcase of top local musicians, street food, craft stalls and real ale.

The event has been put together by a new satellite club of Sunderland Rotary Group, with the hope that it will raise funds for a variety of good causes.

Rotarian and Bridges boss Andy Bradley is the man behind the new club. He said: “Sanctuary 2014 will be a great chance to enjoy good food, delicious drinks and great music in the magnificent setting of Sunderland Minster.

“I can’t think of a more stunning venue for such a cool and urban event, which will be a first for Sunderland. We can’t wait to give everyone something different, while supporting great causes.

“We are extremely grateful to Canon Provost Sheila Bamber and her team for their unstinting support and enthusiasm, without which this event would simply not have been possible.”

Performers taking to the stage will include The Lake Poets, North Road, The Happy Cats and Allan Kelly and the Dogs of Tralee.

Rainton’s Double Maxim brewery is providing a host of top quality local ales and the event will also boast a selection of lagers and wines along with a specialist Champagne and Pimm’s bar provided by Sunderland Marriott.

The area outside the Minster will play host to a selection of stalls offering a range of street food, including some with a distinctly local flavour, courtesy of Sunderland café and deli Juniper’s Pantry, and Holmeside Coffee.

And there will be craft tents with a range of stalls, including Frankie and the Heartstrings’ Pop Recs, along with family activities including Brazilian Carnival dancers and a performance by Seaham Youth Theatre.

The event, which is sponsored by See It Do It Sunderland, is free before 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission from 5pm is £3, with children welcome until 7pm.

For all the latest news on Sanctuary 2014, visit the website or follow the satellite group on Twitter @seaburnrotary