FOOD and drink traders and producers from across the North East will return to Darlington’s popular food festival this bank holiday weekend.

The festival returns to the town for four days and promises a wide-ranging offering from beers and burgers to cheese and cocktails as well as live music and cooking demonstrations.  

Last year’s event coincided with the opening of the newly developed street food section of the indoor market, which features six food stalls selling a range of cuisines.

The indoor market has played host to several other events since its opening, including the popular Pease Pudding monthly markets and the Artisan Craft Fair.

Both the indoor market and the adjacent Market Square will again be used to host the event between Friday and Monday.

The Northern Echo:

Read more: The exciting new Asian street-food stall coming to Darlington Market

Market Asset Management (MAM), who own the facility, are transforming the historic site thanks to multi-million pound investment.

Laura Ellis, Market Asset Management’s events and community engagement co-ordinator, said: “We’ve had a lot of demand from traders and a lot of people have wanted to attend it too. A lot of the traders I’ve been speaking to have said it’s great to be back out there at events like this one.”

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A Jubilee Pease Pudding Special will also be held on Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 4 as part of the extended weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

And plans are in place for the return of the record fair as well as a night fair later this year.

Darlington Food & Drink Festival returns from April 29 - May 2 between 10am-6pm.

The Northern Echo: Mouheydin Alkalel of Darlington's Falafel Fella. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTTMouheydin Alkalel of Darlington's Falafel Fella. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Street food traders appearing at Darlington Food and Drink Festival:


The little poffertje pancake shack


Wonderful Whippy Ltd

Herman Catering t/a Armenian Kitchen


The Gourmet Burger Van

Caps Off Brewery

Caps Off Catering

Phi Pie Ltd

Festival Kitchen ltd

The Cocktail Pickers Club

Geordie banger co

Memories of the Black Forest

The Merry Tipple

Isaac Poad Brewing

Doughvine desserts

Darlington Tap

Maple & Dough

Falafel Fella


Redheads Mac N Cheese

The Tiny Kitchen

Happy Barista Coffee Company LTD

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Food producers appearing at Darlington Food and Drink Festival:


The cheeseboard

Raisthorpe Manor


The Woodland Trust

Brown and Blond Events

WL Distillery

Yorkshire Dama Cheese Ltd

Balefire LTD

Simply Cheesecake


The House Of Roo Ltd t/a House Of Ruhr

The Crossroads Brewery


The Dales Fudge co

Hops and Dots

Rustic Baking Co


Richmond Brewing Company




Pie Demand

Evies Pupcakes

Pure Pet Food

Stateside Treat Emporium

Bows Bakes & Cakes

The Angels Share Bakery Ltd

The Jamporium

Sip & Sugar

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