A FOOD festival held in aid of a pioneering North-East charity attracted visitors from across the region.

The Butterwick Hospice Food Festival was held at Preston Park, near Stockton, in the museum’s famous replica of a Victorian street, showcasing some of the finest food and drink from all over the Tees Valley.

Visitors sampled treats from more than a dozen food and drink stalls, and enjoyed face-painting, family activities, and live music from a host of local performers, including Lost State of Dan, Ty Lewis, and Butterwick’s official busker, Carl Booth.

All money raised from the event is going to support the work of Butterwick Hospice, which provides end-of-life care to terminally ill people and their loved ones across North Yorkshire and South Durham.

Sarah Kernan, event organiser, said: “We seem to have had a lot of people through the door to support the hospice! We’re very grateful to everyone who got involved and helped make our second ever Butterwick Food Festival a success, especially our brilliant stallholders, performers, and the fab bunch at Preston Park Museum who provided a such a brilliant, quirky venue.

“There are lots of good ways to support the work of vital charities like Butterwick Hospice Care, but we think that sitting in the sunshine, with some delicious food and a cold drink, has to be one of the best!”