Radio 1’s Big Weekend sees food festival held a month early

More than 50 food and drink stalls are heading to Stewart Park on Sunday, a month earlier than planned.

The annual food festival run by Northern Dales Farmers’ Market is always held on the last Sunday in May but this year it’s had to be moved to Sunday, April 28, as the original dates clashed with the epic Radio 1 Big Weekend.

Nigel Davison, market manager, said: “We may not have Miley Cyrus or Mumford and Sons joining us, but we can promise a fabulous family day out filled with food glorious food!

“While we applaud the efforts that went into securing the Big Weekend, the food festival is one of the biggest events in our calendar and initially we thought we would have to abandon our plans.

“But instead, we have moved it a month early much to the delight of customers and stallholders.”

More than 50 food and drink stalls will be brimming with locally produced food and drink in the beautiful courtyard at Askham Bryan College in Stewart Park including The Clucking Pig Company, Pie Jackers, The Gingerbread Mam, Tees Cider, The Little Korean and The Green Guerrilla.

Nigel said: “At the start of every summer we raise the tempo of the monthly farmers’ market, bringing in more stalls including a sizzling street food quarter and this year we’ve got music from the hugely talented Abbie Lince Acoustic and fun and games with our resident children’s entertainer, Marko’s Circus Skills.

“There’s also a host of craft stalls inside the visitor centre and a facepainter.”

The event runs from 9am to 3pm on Sunday, April 28. Free Admission. Dog Friendly.