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Food, fun and funk – The Sunderland Food Festival returns this weekend

The Food Festival returns but this time it’s bigger and better than ever. Here’s what to expect at the newly named Soul Food & Music Festival this year.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 08.06.2022

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There’s nothing that we love doing more in the summer than overindulging in some top-notch scran and dancing the night away to music.

And we’ve found the perfect festival for you foodies and music lovers. Introducing… Soul Food & Music Festival.

The Sunderland Food Festival returns with a fresh new look and name with this year being a three-day event between the 10th and 12th of June. Expect a celebration of international street food, performances from the likes of Voices of Virtue and Smoove and Turrell, plus exciting new events.

But whose brain is behind this genius festival idea that mixes two of our favourite things? Celebrity chef and half of The Hairy Bikers, Si King, that’s who. Si has brought a new musical element, Souled Out, to the food festival this year, which has brought together a number of much-loved performers and top street food suppliers – and we’re soo here for it.


Explore all of the culinary wonders from around the world at the street food market on Keel Square, with some returning guests as well as some new faces. Eat around the globe in just three days and have a tasty exploration of what our favourite local vendors have to offer.

If you head over the road from Keel Square, you’ll find the new events space on the former Vaux site, home to new music element of the festival – Souled Out. Here you’ll be treated to spectacular performances from the talented The King Cush Band, Voices of Virtue, Groove Train and Smoove & Turrell.

Plus there’s some of the top food vendors that our region has to offer, we’re talking, Scream For Pizza, Dosa Kitchen which sells South Indian food, burger specialists One Dining and Nan Bei, who sell Chinese dumplings.


HLN TOP TIP: To watch the Souled Out Festival performances make sure you purchase tickets in advance. Book your tickets here.


And there’s more to this festival than just food and music. There will be a range of free events on Keel Square that everyone will enjoy, including local buskers, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ club and sporting activities, along with a range of walkabout characters.

To view the full schedule of free events follow this link.

The events have been organised by Sunderland City Council and Sunderland BID and will be part of a year-long programme, so expect exciting things to come near you very soon.

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