Foodies are being urged to save the date of Sunday, July 28, as the organisers of a popular festival announced its return.

Saltburn Food Festival will feature about 120 stallholders, while chefs from top hotels and restaurants across the North East will also be on hand to deliver live cooking demonstrations.

Lorna Jackson, founder of the festival who also owns Real Meals café and licensed delicatessen in the town, said: “The event returned for the first time since 2019 last year after Covid and we didn’t know how it was going to work – but we can confidently say it’s back on the annual summer calendar for good now.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Lorna Jackson is hoping to welcome 20,000 people to Saltburn for the food festival

“We are really pleased the event is returning again in 2024, after having record numbers trading and attending last year.

“We have spaces for more traders to come on board, as we look forward to showcasing the best food and drink the North East has to offer. We really like a mix of larger and smaller producers and new and seasoned traders that make the festival so special.”

Traders who have already confirmed their places include the Clucking Pig, Sawley Kitchen, Safari Shack, Gleadow’s Fish, Really Indian, Lacey’s Cheese and Sugarlove Doughnuts.

The cooking demonstrations are also expected to be a big draw.

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“Watching professional chefs cooking brings real excitement," said Lorna. “You can see what’s happening, watch the live step by step process and imagine recreating the same meal in your own kitchen.”

The festival will run from 10am to 6pm on Sunday, July 28. “The event is open to everyone and we would encourage people to take advantage of the fantastic public transport options, so they can truly soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some great food and drink, without worrying about who’s driving and where to park,” Lorna added.

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Potential sponsors can email, while traders can book to take part at