Thousands flock to fun festival of food
THERE was plenty to enjoy at the weekend, with music and food taking centre stage in two of the region’s towns.
A sea of people flooded Saltburn on Sunday for its annual food festival. The usually quiet seaside town was almost unrecognisable as more than 100 stalls set up in its streets.
And it’s just as well there was so much grub on offer, as thousands of people descended to get their hands on the food.
Now in its fifth year, the event was bigger than ever.
Cooking demonstrations took place in Station Square, while spectators perched on bales of hay. Famous faces appeared at the Festival’s Live Cookery Theatre with Debbie Raw from BBC2’s Further Back in Time for Dinner and Steph Moon from BBC2’s Great British Menu provided demonstrations.
And while the smell of salty fish and chips is usually the first thing to greet you when you get out of the car, this time wafts from around the world filled the air.
Whether you fancied a traditional British pie and peas, or something more exotic like African curried goat, there was heaps to pick from.
But hungry punters had to be prepared to queue for their dishes, as even heavy showers did not deter people from ordering.
Between every few stalls there was something to wash down the food, with Tees Cider, Shorty’s Gin and Prosecco cocktails available as a tipple.
And the sweet treats were not forgotten – cupcakes and cheesecakes were on the menu.
Although the festival was about food, crafts, gifts and beauty stalls also lined the streets.
And for those would-be chefs out there, there was a chance to get your hands on fresh fruit and veg, spices and sauces.
Meanwhile, music was on the menu as thousands of people flocked to Guisborough to see top-class tribute acts perform.
Crowds descended on the town for the Summer Sound Festival at Gisborough Priory, and despite a rain shower on one of the nights the event was a huge success.
Organiser Jason Bushby said: “The weekend was absolutely unbelievable. It went really well with nearly 4,000 people attending. Saturday was a sell-out.
“The artists I’d sourced from all over the country they were incredible.
“The Madonna tribute act was actually like watching the real Madonna from the 80s.
“The Blues Brothers came all the way from Manchester in a big American car and they were driving down Guisborough High Street.”
He added: “The Michael Jackson act was like watching the real person, he was fantastic and his dance moves were spot-on and everyone was saying how much they loved him.
“People came from all over the country to attend.
“There was a bit of rain near the end but no one was bothered as everyone was well prepared and they’d all had a bit to drink by then anyway.”
Visitors relax during the Saltburn festival of food