A SECOND Saltburn Food Festival is being planned following the success of last year's inaugural event which attracted more than 20,000 people.

 

The festival was born out of Saltburn's popular farmers market.

Organiser Lorna Jackson said as well as highlighting the range of food produced locally, this year's festival, which will take place on Sunday, August 3, would feature workshops for adults and children's activities, such as how to make smoothies.

Addressing members of Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council, she said the not-for-profit event cost between £8,500 and £9,000 to stage last year.

While costs had been covered without financial support, Lorna said she would be applying for funding from the parish council and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council this year.

“In terms of visitors, we had a huge footfall last year. The festival is not a business and we don't make any profit.

“We did not look for any financial support from the parish or borough council last time but we will be putting in grant applications this time.

“We want to have a 15-station kitchen where children can work and we want to offer it for free, but we can't fund that activity,” she added.

“We can cover some costs but not all.”

She said one of the major costs was advertising and marketing the festival.

“We have got lost of support in kind, but for some things we do need money.”

She said BBC Radio Tees breakfast show would be broadcasting live from the festival this year.

 

Parish councillors agreed to support the festival in principle. An application for funding will be considered at a future meeting of the finance committee.


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