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Festival in Darlington will offer thrifty food with a twist
GRUB'S UP: Chef Alexander MacMurray serves van-cooked fare up to Graham Oldfield and Jeanette MacMurray
EAGER professional chefs, ambitious home cooks and van owners are being sought to take part in a national festival being held in a North-East town.
The Festival of Thrift will be held on September 21 and 22, at Lingfield Point, in Darlington, and organisers are looking for creative minds to transform vans into bustling mini-restaurants.
Each ‘Bistro Du Van’ will seat up to six people in an ‘upcycled’ van and provide festival-goers with a fun-yet-thrifty dining experience.
Simon Preston, who is spearheading the food element of the festival, explained how it will work.
He said: “This is a really fun idea and we’re looking for volunteers to run their very-own thrifty themed pop-up restaurants.
“We’re also looking for van, campervan and caravan owners to lend us their vehicles for the weekend. If people both own a van and would like to cook then that’s even better!
“The pop-up restaurateurs will have a thrifty budget to theme their interiors and each restaurant will have sittings running every hour throughout the day.
“We'll provide advice and guidance on menus to the chefs taking part and all the equipment that is required.”
Alexander MacMurray, who runs a deli café at Lingfield Point, explained how the festival fits in with the business park’s philosophy.
He said: “Festival of Thrift is all about recycling, upcycling and creating wonderful things out of simple ingredients.
“From running our catering business, we’ve realised the importance of low food mileage, the greatness of local food and how much fun it is to be creative with what you eat.
“We’re looking forward to seeing what people will bring to their ‘Bistro du Van’ and showing that thrifty cooking can be great fun and extremely tasty.”
John Orchard, a director of Marchday, which owns Lingfield Point, said: “Festival of Thrift is shaping up to be a really exciting event.
“Food is an essential part of any festival and alongside markets, exhibitions and performances we’ve got a huge variety of everything from street food to the foraging trips that will be a part of the festival experience.”
For more information about Bistro Du Van, email Mr Preston at email@example.com
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