Sunderland Food and Drink Festival is coming to the city in June and with it comes a host of celebrity chefs, live entertainment, street food from around the globe and some exciting surprises!
Between 21 – 23 June, the city will be hosting its first ever city centre food and drink festival and is turning its attention to all things culinary, as big-name chefs and local heroes show their kitchen prowess.
Organised by Sunderland Business Improvement District and Sunderland City Council, the aim is to have an event which has something for everyone – from families wanting a day out to serious foodies who want to get up close and personal with superstar chefs.
Top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli heads to Sunderland Food and Drink Festival
The organisers have certainly brought in the big guns, including Jean-Christophe Novelli who had held Michelin stars but also now runs one of the UK’s most prestigious cooking academies. He’ll be giving a number of demonstrations over the weekend, with the opportunity for fans to chat and have books signed.
Dean Edwards of Masterchef will be at Sunderland Food and Drink Festival
Those who watch Masterchef may also recall Dean Edwards, the former digger driver who was runner-up in the amateur version of the competition ten years ago.
Since that time, he has not only become the resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine programme, but has published a number of cookery books and become brand ambassador for a leading food suppliers.
Dean will also be running a number of demonstrations, showcasing his own particular cooking style.
Katy Ashworth will be cooking up a storm in the demonstration kitchen
If you’re not sure who Katy Ashworth is, ask your kids. She’s a firm favourite for cooking up a storm on Cbeebies. Katy will also be on hand and taking her turn in the demonstration kitchen.
Sunderland Food and Drink Festival – a focus on local talent.
The Sunderland Food and Drink Festival will also be turning the spotlight on local talent, including a number of local chefs who will be leaving their busy kitchens to showcase their own particular cuisine.
Add into the mix a food market with every conceivable kind of street food and some fantastic live entertainment – along with Savour Magazine’s Spirit Schools – and you’ve got a flavour of what is going to be on offer.
Plans are also underway for everything from cake decorating sessions to a search for the ultimate Panacalty recipe, with the programme being added to on a weekly basis.
For further information about Sunderland Food and Drink Festival, keep visiting their website to be updated on all of the activities.