Thou­sands flock to fun fes­ti­val of food

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

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

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