CaptureTASTY treats and mouth-watering morsels await hungry diners when a popular celebration of local eateries returns next year.

Middlesbrough Restaurant Week is back by popular demand in 2016 for a third year – and local restaurants are being invited to sign up.

The feast of culinary delights has proved a huge hit with diners, who can take their pick of the town’s cosmopolitan cuisine ranging from Indian to Portuguese and noodles to the beloved parmo.

This year’s event runs from Monday, May 2 to Sunday, May 8, giving diners a new look at Middlesbrough’s foodie scene with a great range of special offers and exclusive menus.

And it’s given a real boost to the town’s restaurant trade, with those taking part in 2015 reporting takings up between 10% and 35% compared with the same period in 2014.

Louise Atkinson of Central Park said: “Restaurant Week was a complete success for us and our customers – there was a real buzz across Middlesbrough about our offer.”

Restaurant Week is also a great opportunity to experiment with changes to menus and dishes, and get feedback from both new and existing customers.

Rachel Whitehead, owner of Pixies Diner, said: “Restaurant Week is a chance to try things out and see what works, and it has given our customers a chance to sample our new menu at a reduced cost.

“We also saw increased profits on the same time last year, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Middlesbrough’s reputation as the area’s focal point for culture and leisure continues to grow, and eating out is a key part of that offer.

“We’ve got a great range of independent restaurants, cafes, bistros and micro pubs and it’s a sector that continues to grow.

“Later this year the Orange Pip Market will become the latest magnet for lovers of good food and drink, so there’s never been a better time to sign up for Restaurant Week.

“We’ve got a thriving multi-cultural restaurant scene, and the week is an open invitation to residents and visitors to enjoy fantastic food combined with some great offers.”

Now organisers are looking for restaurants who want to take part in 2016.

Participating venues must have a minimum hygiene rating of 3, open on a teatime and have waiter service.

For more information and to register, contact Lisa Williams on 01642 729225 or email lisa_williams@middlesbrough.gov.uk