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Split Feastival announced

Foodies rejoice! There will be a new three day celebration of Gastronomy this summer in Sunderland.

The Split Feastival Village is a spin off of the popular food tent at last year’s Split music festival and will take place at Herrington Country Park this June.

The free event will include around a 100 stalls that will be showcasing the best of the region’s food and drink

Barry Hyde, one of the Split Festival committee members, said: “The food tent at the Split Festival – an annual music event held at Ashbrooke Sports Ground – went down a treat.

“Food is often an afterthought at festivals, as the rest of The Futureheads and I have often found. There’s so much to be organised that you end up at festivals with just burger vans and fish and chip vans.

“We realised that if we could create something local, offering exceptionally good food at a good price, we could create a niche, and people loved it.”

The Split Feastival will be just one of the events for locals to enjoy at Herrington County Park over the weekend of June 15th-17th.

The highlights of the food festival include cooking demonstrations, a farmers market, micro breweries and an amazing array of savoury and sweet foods.

Barry added: “The businesses who took part last year, like Juniper’s Pantry (a deli in Barnes), are all so passionate and so well-trained in what they do. They offer things you just can’t get anywhere else in Sunderland. The carbon footprint of exporting food is horrendous but there is so much you can buy right on your doorstep. It’s all part of a renaissance of British food at the minute. The celebrity chef-obsessed culture we have now is a great thing because it encourages people to think about what they eat.”

If you are interested in exhibiting at the event can email press@splitfestival.com

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