Tastebuds tickled as food festival comes to Darlington

HOUSEWIFE'S CHOICE: Tricycle-riding tea ladies entertain shoppers at at Distinctly Delicious Darlington Festival of Food Picture: ANDY LAMB

FOOD FEST: Shoppers buy treats at the Distinctly Delicious Darlington Festival of Food Picture: ANDY LAMB

FOOD FEST: Stalls at the Distinctly Delicious Darlington Festival of Food Picture: ANDY LAMB

First published in News

MOUTHS watered and tastebuds were tickled as an inaugural food festival got underway this weekend.

Despite a soggy start, hundreds flocked to the Distinctly Delicious Darlington Festival of Food to sample tasty treats made by some of the region’s artisan food producers and brewers.

As well as food and drink stalls, the event also featured a number of demonstrations by top chefs, including Rockliffe Hall’s David Garlinge, and a cocktail workshop by Voodoo Cafe bar staff.

Running alongside the event on Saturday was the Love Your Local Market event, which saw 40 traders descend on Darlington as part of a national campaign to boost local economy.

On Sunday, the town’s market square played host to a pop-up cinema for screenings of Disney’s Ratatouille, during which film-goers could taste and smell some of the treats as they appeared on screen.

Shopping trolley dance display team, Granny Turismo, were also on hand to entertain crowds, along with tricycle-riding tea ladies, Jean and Morag.

The festival continues tomorrow (Monday, May 26) with the return of the Love Your Local Market event, and culminates in the unveiling and parading of a giant cake version of Locomotion No1 – the world’s first passenger engine on the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825.

The cake features 32 carriages – the exact number that was pulled by the engine – which will be decorated by community groups from across the region before being sliced up and offered to visitors.

Decoration begins in the market square at 11am with the parade starting at 2pm.

For more information visit distinctdarlington.co.uk

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5:40pm Sun 25 May 14

Bright And Cheerful says...

Hope something is left for tomorrow...looks good and it will be great to see Jean and Morag again if they are there tomorrow...
Hope something is left for tomorrow...looks good and it will be great to see Jean and Morag again if they are there tomorrow... Bright And Cheerful
  • Score: 3

6:58pm Sun 25 May 14

darloboss says...

as long as the daft yarn bombers keep away from darlo
as long as the daft yarn bombers keep away from darlo darloboss
  • Score: -10

9:03pm Sun 25 May 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

The prices of some of the food on those stalls was unbelievably expensive.
The prices of some of the food on those stalls was unbelievably expensive. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: -2

2:40pm Mon 26 May 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

The thumbs down lovies have been around again.
The thumbs down lovies have been around again. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: -1

4:53pm Mon 26 May 14

fratia says...

Darlington needs a good market day twice a week, it will re-vitalize the town. How can a town that has been a "market town" for hundreds of years not have a market in town for shoppers to enjoy, it will bring in the crowds and help other business owners, makes good business sense to all.
Darlington needs a good market day twice a week, it will re-vitalize the town. How can a town that has been a "market town" for hundreds of years not have a market in town for shoppers to enjoy, it will bring in the crowds and help other business owners, makes good business sense to all. fratia
  • Score: 1

5:11pm Mon 26 May 14

Madadrian says...

fratia wrote:
Darlington needs a good market day twice a week, it will re-vitalize the town. How can a town that has been a "market town" for hundreds of years not have a market in town for shoppers to enjoy, it will bring in the crowds and help other business owners, makes good business sense to all.
You will not get visitors while they are alienated by hefty car parking fees and a lack of public toilets. The stupid council even still have signposts pointing to the closed toilets in the market. A nice way to ttreat visitors

Added to which are the distinctly unfriendly notices on the doors and windows of all the town centre pubs that insult the potential customer before he even gets inside.
[quote][p][bold]fratia[/bold] wrote: Darlington needs a good market day twice a week, it will re-vitalize the town. How can a town that has been a "market town" for hundreds of years not have a market in town for shoppers to enjoy, it will bring in the crowds and help other business owners, makes good business sense to all.[/p][/quote]You will not get visitors while they are alienated by hefty car parking fees and a lack of public toilets. The stupid council even still have signposts pointing to the closed toilets in the market. A nice way to ttreat visitors Added to which are the distinctly unfriendly notices on the doors and windows of all the town centre pubs that insult the potential customer before he even gets inside. Madadrian
  • Score: 3

7:24am Tue 27 May 14

Bank of Europe says...

Sat outside the Hole in the Wall yesterday and we seen 4 people getting a parking ticket YES welcome to Darlington
Sat outside the Hole in the Wall yesterday and we seen 4 people getting a parking ticket YES welcome to Darlington Bank of Europe
  • Score: 1

9:19am Wed 28 May 14

studio says...

Bank of Europe wrote:
Sat outside the Hole in the Wall yesterday and we seen 4 people getting a parking ticket YES welcome to Darlington
Were these four blind people who couldnt read any of the signs on every lamp post?

Should have claimed to be a traveller that cant read. That seems to get you off things.
[quote][p][bold]Bank of Europe[/bold] wrote: Sat outside the Hole in the Wall yesterday and we seen 4 people getting a parking ticket YES welcome to Darlington[/p][/quote]Were these four blind people who couldnt read any of the signs on every lamp post? Should have claimed to be a traveller that cant read. That seems to get you off things. studio
  • Score: 1

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