A world wide culinary experience for visitors to the Tall Ships Races

Written by on 27th June 2018

International dishes – along with some traditional British favourites – will be on offer to visitors to The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

From 10-14 July, the city will play host to 54 sailing ships and their crews from around the world, and the international theme is echoed in the food and drink on offer throughout the five-day festival.

Caterers from across the North East and beyond have signed up to take stalls and pop-ups at the event, so the anticipated 1.5m visitors can enjoy everything from cakes and coffee to buffalo burgers, noodles, ice cream and waffles.

Four event zones will play host to food retailers of all types and sizes, selling cuisine as varied as Thai, Bangladeshi street food and German bratwurst.

At the Port of Sunderland, catering highlights include French tartiflettes, snow cones from Blyth-based Antoninos, gin and craft ales from Stockton-based Gin Without Borders – and the traditional British seaside staple, fish and chips.

Lebanese food, macaroni, noodles, and ice cream and doughnuts are among the treats in store for visitors to the Town Moor and East End and, at St Peter’s, French and Greek cuisines are the order of the day.

While at the seafront and Summer Streets Festival, visitors can tuck into everything from burgers and sausages to chicken, chips and ice cream.

There will also be the chance for shoppers to snap up everything from contemporary art and design to vintage and artisan crafts at Tall Ships Makers’ Market in Event Zone C at St Peter’s Riverside on the north side of the River Wear.

Throughout the five-day festival, more than 50 local businesses and artisan producers will be selling a wide range of locally produced food, drink, and crafts – with plenty of samples on offer.

The goods on sale will include flavoured gins, local ales, home baked brownies, flapjacks and cakes along with handmade tweeds, unusual lamps, home and giftware made from beads, buttons, fabric and wood and handmade candles, soy wax melts, oil burners and lanterns.

Unusual fossils of ancient sea life, oysters and coral will also be on sale along with a wide range of handmade jewellery.

Click here to see all the latest information on the Tall Ships Races 2018.


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