Indulge in a culinary journey around the world and experience the vibrant melodies that will reignite your spirit at Sunderland’s eagerly anticipated Food Festival this summer.

Taking place from June 23rd to 25th, Keel Square, High Street West, and Market Square will transform into a captivating gathering of stalls and pop-ups, offering a rich tapestry of dishes from every corner of the globe. Immerse yourself in the flavours of the Caribbean, Europe, and Afghanistan, while also celebrating the talents of local food producers.

Prepare to be serenaded by a mesmerizing lineup of live music, featuring acclaimed acts like Re-Take That, a renowned Take That cover group, and Sam Lavery, a former X-Factor star turned Capital Drive Time DJ.

The festival’s bustling three-day program will enchant visitors with the talents of local musicians, artists, and entertainers. Children will be captivated by an array of arts, crafts, games, and lively characters.

With over 50 participating traders, the festival promises a delectable variety of offerings. Savor German bratwurst, Singaporean noodles, Polish kielbasa, and Greek gyros. Delight in Spanish delights such as patatas bravas and paella, and relish in the street food flavours of France, India, and Afghanistan. Indulge in mouthwatering carvery meats, gourmet burgers, and vegan-loaded fries.

For those with a sweet tooth, a tantalizing array of treats awaits, including crêpes, bubble waffles, fudge, and coconut macaroons. Meanwhile, lovers of spice can revel in a fiery selection of fresh and dried chillies that will surely add a kick to their culinary experience.

Quench your thirst with delightful cocktails from Cocktail Bay or sample a range of ales in the Polish beer garden.

And for those seeking unique treasures, retail therapy awaits. Explore a diverse collection of South American handicrafts, Turkish lamps, North African wooden ornaments, and stainless steel jewellery that will undoubtedly captivate your senses.

Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council have created the festival, and Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive at Sunderland BID, said “It’s most possibly the most varied and cosmopolitan culinary event we’ve ever staged.

“Sunderland has a growing and very well-deserved reputation for food and restaurants,” she said. “And this festival will be a riot of new flavours and dishes – with a side dish of superb entertainment,” she said.

Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, Councillor John Price, added: “There’s plenty to look forward to in Sunderland this summer, and the Food Festival at Keel Square promises to be another highlight. With such a wide variety of traders taking part, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and some great musical entertainment to add to the buzzing atmosphere.”

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