Sunderland’s Food & Drink Festival is back in action in June and this city-wide culinary bash is shaping up to be one for the ages! 


Here’s everything you need to know about Sunderland Food & Drink Festival coming to the city this summer… 



A month-long event hosted online by Sunderland City Council and Sunderland BID, this foodie festival will feature a range of online cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs, food challenges for the whole family to get involved in, and a showcase of some of the finest restaurants and food retailers the city has to offer.

Taking to the online kitchen to showcase their range of award-winning culinary skills is celebrity chef, Rustie Lee and Great British Bake Off finalist Alice Fevronia. 

This dynamic duo will be guiding you and your loved ones through a series of cooking demonstrations throughout June, and they’ll be covering everything from hearty mains to refreshing side dishes and delicious desserts. 

Sunderland Food & Drink Festival is also welcoming The Gastronaut to the virtual stage as he showcases interesting and intriguing food experiments that you can do from the comfort of your own home. 

Who is The Gastronaut? Well, it’s a brilliant food and science media company run by food adventurer and TV presenter, Stefan Gates. 

Stefan is renowned for working with robots, cannons, rockets and extraordinary science stunts to create a high-octane family show based around our love of food!

All of that, plus creative workshops and group challenges as schools and community groups are being asked to show what they love about Sunderland by designing a cake inspired by our wonderful city. Get your thinking caps on! 


Get to know the chefs cooking for Sunderland… 


Rustie Lee



Rustie has graced Britain’s TV screens since the mid 1980s and became the first ever black presenter of a Saturday night primetime network entertainment show, Game For A Laugh and she is best-known for her delicious recipes as well as her infectious laugh. 

Those of you who tune into her programmes will know that she is associated with fun and her food is packed full of character! 


Alice Fevronia



Having grown up in Essex, Alice Fevronia seemed destined for a career in sport until an operation forced her to rethink her life plan. 

With a passion for baking ticking over in the background, Alice dove head first into the industry and hasn’t looked back since. 

Having won the hearts of the public on Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off, Alice now produces beautiful recipes for the likes of Cosmopolitan and Delish UK.


Jean Christophe Novelli



Critically acclaimed French chef, Jean Christophe Novelli – who was a huge hit when he appeared in person at the first festival back in 2019 – will be running a number of cooking demonstrations as well as an exclusive Q&A event in which he will reveal all about his life and answer some of your burning questions. 


Free challenges and cooking demonstrations to get involved with… 



More good news? The challenge is absolutely free to take part in, with Sunderland BID delivering a large white iced, sponge sheet cake, along with a goody bag with some edible cake decorating items.

From there? Well it’s all down to you! Let your imaginations run riot and turn your cake creation into an edible masterpiece which brings iconic aspects of our city to life – you could use our lush coastline, the Empire Theatre or SAFC as inspiration for your cake – the world (well, Sunderland!) is your oyster!

Whether you’re after expert tips on how to create a refreshing dinner as the warmer weather rolls in, or you’re looking to step your culinary game up with cooking demonstrations from pro chefs as BBQ season fast approaches, this foodie extravaganza promises to be a delicious event for the ages!

All cooking demonstrations will be posted on Sunderland Food & Drink Festival Facebook page.

You can also find more details on the event and which city restaurants are taking part by visiting 


Which restaurants and bars are taking part in Sunderland Food & Drink Festival?


Funky Indian

Fat Unicorn Kitchen & Stores

Bread Basket


The Ivy House

The Green Bean Cafe

The Looking Glass

Ibbitsons Butchers

The Peacock

Blackberries Patisserie

Fausto Coffee


Maxim Brewery

The Rabbit 



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