A North East food festival is set to return to the streets of Darlington after a successful first year.
Distinctly Delicious – Darlington Festival of Food, brought around 45,000 visitors to the town over the three day event held over the May spring holiday weekend this year.
And now organisers have revealed their plans to run the festival again between May 8-10, 2015, with a new programme of food-related events and activities.
“The first festival was such a hit that bringing it back for a second year was an easy decision to make,” says Alex Hirst, BID Manager for Distinct Darlington.
“It was a massive success, and many food producers commented that they sold out on each of the three days the event ran. People really got involved, so hopefully next year’s will be even bigger and better.”
The 2015 festival will see the two day producer’s market double in size to showcase the high quality products that Darlington and the surrounding area has to offer.
The Distinctly Delicious Street Food, which features fare from across the North, will also be returning alongside a producers’ market and demonstrations from chefs from leading venues, including Rockcliffe Hall at Hurworth-on-Tees and Houndgate Townhouse in Darlington.
The festival will also mark the return of the second Distinctly Delicious Market Awards, product tastings and various drop-in workshops.
Organisers are also planning to bring back the centrepiece of the 2014 event - The Locomotion Cake Parade - this time on a Hansel and Gretel inspired theme.
There will be some new additions to the 2015 festival such as a Distinctly Delicious Festival Supper, which will be held on the eve of the event. It will celebrate all things Darlington and include food cooked by local chefs from home-grown ingredients alongside live music and real ales.