Hairy Biker Si King is putting together a special menu of food and music for Sunderland

Half of The Hairy Bikers are planning extensive entertainment for a festival taking place in Sunderland this summer.

TV chef Si King is helping to bring together a mix of street food vendors and music artists for the Souled Out Festival and he’s thrilled to be a part of it. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of it,” he said.

The special event – part of the broader Soul Food and Music Festival, which will take place across the city from 10-12 June – will take place at Plot 12, an event space on the former site of the Vaux brewery, and will take place during the festival Performances held by headliners The King Cush Band, Voices of Virtue, Groove Train and Smoove and Turrell. The Northeast-born King has also handpicked the street food retailers 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’s going to be a great event, bringing together artists, food producers and great musicians and demonstrating the warmth and hospitality of the Sunderland soul like nothing else.”

A previous Sunderland Food and Drink Festival

He added: “We have put together an incredible program that anyone who loves food and music should not miss.” Tickets are required for the Souled Out Festival, details of which are to be released.

The broader Soul Food and Music Festival runs at the same time and includes free events in Keel Square, like a silent Zumba and exercise session – in a twist on silent discos – and cooking demonstrations; a kids’ club; sports; a street food market with international cuisine and entertainment including local buskers and walkabout characters.

Sharon Appleby, Managing Director of Sunderland BID, which organizes the events alongside Sunderland City Council, said: “We are delighted that Si is bringing King Souled Out to Sunderland and that he has put so much time and love into putting this event together at the same time we are also creating an exciting free program of food and drink events so there really is something for everyone.”

The focus is on health and well-being, with a selection of food stalls including vegan, vegetarian and organic options. Peter McIntyre, the council’s executive director for urban development, said the festival – which is part of a year-long program of events – has something for all ages and is “a great opportunity for the city to showcase what it has to offer and to attract more visitors to Sunderland”. For more information on the Soul Food and Music Festival, visit his website here.

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