Half of The Hairy Bikers are planning an extensive entertainment program for a festival taking place in Sunderland this summer.
TV chef Si King is helping bring together a mix of street food vendors and musical artists for the Souled Out Festival and he’s thrilled to be a part of it. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved,” he said.
The special event – part of the wider Soul Food and Music festival taking place across the city from June 10-12 – will take place at Plot 12, an event space on the former site of the Vaux brewery, and during the festival will feature performances by headliners The King Cush Band, Voices of Virtue, Groove Train and Smoove and Turrell. King, born in the northeast, also chose the range of street traders involved, including Scream For Pizza, Dosa Kitchen, burger favorites One Dining and Chinese dumpling specialists Nan Bei.
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The chef said: “It will be an amazing event where amazing artists, food producers, musicians will come together and showcase the warmth and hospitality of Sunderland. I had the privilege of hosting some of the food offerings and music, things that speak to the soul like nothing else.”
He added, “We’ve put together an amazing program that anyone who loves food and music won’t want to miss.” Tickets will be required for the Souled Out festival with details for these yet to be released.
The wider Soul Food and Music Festival will take place at the same time and will include free events in Keel Square such as a silent Zumba and exercise session – in a variation of silent discos – as well as cooking demonstrations; a kids’ club; sporting activities; a street food market featuring international cuisine and entertainment including local buskers and walking characters.
Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, which organizes the events with Sunderland City Council, said: “We are delighted that Si King is bringing Souled Out to Sunderland and that he has put so much time and love into organizing this event. at the same time we are also creating an exciting free program of food and drink related events so that there really is something for everyone.
The focus will be on health and wellness, with a selection of food stalls including vegan, vegetarian and organic products. Peter McIntyre, the council’s executive director of town development, said the festival – part of a year-long program of events – has something for all ages and is “a great opportunity for the town to show what it has to offer and bring more visitors to Sunderland”. For more information on Soul Food and Music Festival, check out their website here.