ANYONE looking for somewhere to enjoy this Bank Holiday weekend can enjoy a taste of something special when a much-loved food market returns to Sunderland.

This Saturday (25 May), the monthly Sunniside Food Market returns, bringing together food producers, street food traders, and makers from across the region who will be showcasing their delicious goods.

From 10 am until 4 pm, visitors to Sunniside Gardens can sample food from across the globe, covering everything from pies to savouries, honey to cheese – as well as craft beer and street food.

Started in 2022, the Sunniside Food Market, organised by Food and Drink North East as part of its Local Heroes NE initiative and supported by Sunderland BID, has become a firm fixture on the foodie calendar.

Food and Drink North East CEO Chris Jewitt said the event had become a staple on the region’s food calendar and was a great showcase for food entrepreneurs.

“Local, community food and drink markets are the perfect platform and it’s incredible to see our Sunniside Food Market go from strength to strength,” he said.

The event has also been made possible by funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) following a successful application made by Sunderland BID, which led to an award of £202,253.

The monthly market is part of the larger Sunniside Activation programme designed to build pride in place and a sense of community.

Sunderland BID chief executive, Sharon Appleby, said the monthly markets were something that people looked forward to.

“The events are not just a great opportunity for people to meet – and enjoy – what the region’s producers have to offer but to showcase what Sunniside has to offer,” she said.

“It will be a great way to spend a Bank Holiday Saturday.”

For more information, visit Sunderland BID.

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