The tastiest highlight on Middlesbrough’s calendar is set to tickle tastebuds once again.
The Town Meal, the town’s flagship event for promoting homegrown food, takes place in Centre Square, Middlesbrough on Saturday, September 24 from 12-4pm.
Preparations are well under way for the meal which is a huge free celebration of the growing projects which take place throughout the year in Middlesbrough.
The fruit and vegetable produce grown by community and school projects, as well as families and individuals, is collected together and a meal is cooked to feed thousands on the day.
On top of the meal itself there will be a wide range of fun and entertainment for all the family including dance displays, pony rides, go karts, a Punch and Judy show, chef demonstrations, food and craft stalls and a produce and photograph competition in the WI Tent as well as much more.
It is the fifth Middlesbrough Town Meal and it is anticipated thousands will attend again.
This year the Town Meal will also be hosting special Transporter Bridge activities to mark the centenary of Teesside’s favourite landmark.
These include vintage bus rides to the bridge with a free crossing, a ‘Walk for Life’ to the bridge and a schools’ Transporter Bridge model building competition.
Linthorpe Primary School pupils and staff will be dressed up in Edwardian outfits to mark their 100th anniversary year too.
Mark Fishpool, from event organisers Middlesbrough Environment City, said: “The Town Meal is a very special event for Middlesbrough and has been enjoyed by many thousands over the years.
“It brings people of all ages together to eat food which has been homegrown.
“Growing your own food has made a big comeback in the town over the past few years with allotments being in huge demand which is brilliant to see.
“The Town Meal is the major event to showcase this and for people to have a super day. Let’s hope the sun shines!”
The Town Meal has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Growers are being encouraged to enter their produce into the Town Meal ‘Show Competition’ which will be judged by members of the Women’s Institute in the WI Tent.
For an application form call Middlesbrough Environment City on 01642 811300.