Scrantastic! Sunderland's new free food festival in pictures

Families and foodies turned out for a weekend of delicious family fun as Sunderland welcomed its first ever Scrantastic free food festival.

By Gary Welford
Monday, 20 May, 2019, 12:30
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The three-day event featured cooking demonstrations from Sunderland's own MasterChef star Stacie Stewart and Great British Bake Off’s Steven Carter Bailey, as well as a performance from CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth, and food stalls, a continental market, free family entertainment, and food-themed activities including street theatre and a funfair. The event will be complemented by Sunderland Food and Drink Fest, which takes place in the city centre in June.

Let's not fudge the issue. This is one of the food stalls which took part in the first-ever Scrantastic free food festival in Houghton-le-Spring at the weekend.
Former MasterChef contestant Stacie Stewart entered crowds at Scrantastic with a cooking demonstration.
David Goodchild from Roker trying some of Stacie Stewart's dish at the first Scrantastic free food festival in Sunderland.
Sunderland's own Stacie Stewart, who swept to fame on MasterChef and now appears on TV's How to Lose Weight Well, returned to Wearside to be part of the Scrantastic festival.
Great British Bake Off's Steven Carter Bailey was among the special guests who performed cookery demonstrations at the first Scrantastic free food festival.
Great British Bake Off's Steven Carter Bailey shows off his cake-decorating skills at the first Scrantastic free food festival.
CBeebies 'I Can Cook' presenter Katy Ashworth led food-based fun and games at the first Scrantastic free food festival at the weekend.
Katy Ashworth, the presenter of CBeebies show 'I Can Cook', hosted a session of food-based fun and games at Scrantastic on Sunday.

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Katy Ashworth from CBeebies show 'I Can Cook' leading a demonstration at the first Scrantastic free food festival in Houghton at the weekend.
Scrantastic is one of a number of council-organised food-based events which will be held in Sunderland this year.
Gourmet sausages and burgers were among the treats available on the stalls at the first Scrantastic festival, which was held in Houghton at the weekend.
MasterChef star Stacie Stewart meets butcher Daniel Beeston from Thirlaway's Butchers at the Scrantastic free food festival in Houghton.
Live music, children's activities and street theatre were also on offer at the first Scrantastic free food festival, held in Houghton at the weekend.
Steven Bailey Carter from the Great British Bake Off was among the special guests who gave demonstrations at Sunderland's first Scrantastic free food festival.
Fancy a slice? Steven Carter Bailey from the Great British Bake Off showed off his cake-making skills at the first Scrantastic festival in Sunderland at the weekend.
Food-based street theatre was among the attractions at the first Scrantastic free food festival in Sunderland.
CBeebies star Katy Ashworth leads youngster in some food-based fun and games at the first Scrantastic festival at Houghton.