Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Food for thought at Stockton Summer Show and Food Festival

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Stockton is gearing up for its annual bank holiday Summer Show.

Taking place on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August from 11am - 5pm, the Summer Show and Food Festival features two days of family fun and entertainment with activities for everyone no matter how young or old.

This year’s show, which takes place at Preston Park, will have an exciting new flavour as North East food specialists, Taste North East bring a culinary edge to the programme with lots of tasty regional produce on offer plus food demonstrations on stage.

The World Parmo Competition will make a welcome return to the Borough on Sunday 26 August from 1.30pm to 4pm and will see the three finalists Borge Restaurant from Stockton, Mike’s Return from Middlesbrough and Mohujos Mexican Restaurant from Billingham battle it out in a cook-off. The winner will scoop the coveted trophy and title of World Parmo Champion 2012.

The contest will be judged by Councillor Lynne Apedaile, Mayor of Stockton, Eugene McCoy, judge from the BBC’s Masterchef programme and proprietor of the Cleveland Tontine and football commentator and BBC Tees radio presenter Alistair Brownlee. Jeff the Chef, who created and commercially launched chilled Chicken Parmos in supermarkets will be on hand to help with the judging and do a cookery demonstration.

Organised by Stockton Council the Summer Show and Food Festival brings together stalls, craft and activity displays as well as fairgrounds and sideshows. Highlights include jousting from The Devil’s Horsemen, a Cossack style stunt riding, Starduster Aerial acrobatics display, helicopter rides and a charity tug o’ war. Stars Wars enthusiasts can meet - and have their photographs taken with characters from the film’s Imperial Forces.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "The Summer Show is always a firm favourite with plenty of fun for all the family and this year's show looks to be no exception with a jam-packed programme.

“Throughout the weekend there will be lots to see and do plus lots of tasty regional produce on offer, food demonstrations, and the final of the World Parmo Championship which I’m sure will be very popular. Put a date in your diary and come along.”

Daily admission to the Summer Show is £4 per adult, £2 for concessions (under 16s and pensioners) and free for under fives.

For more information about Stockton Summer Show and Food Festival visit