Capture2FOOD lovers are in for a treat with a feast of the finest local produce at a popular Middlesbrough event next weekend.

The annual Town Meal will takes place in Centre Square on Saturday, September 12 from noon to 4pm.

The Meal is a celebration of all the fabulous growing projects that have been ongoing across the town over the last year, with community groups and individual families reaping the rewards of growing their own fruit and vegetables.

Donations of this produce go towards the mouth-watering meal which is shared and enjoyed by all involved – and contributions are still welcome.

The locally grown fruit and veg will be prepared and cooked at Whinney Banks Primary School before being served up to the hungry hordes in Centre Square.

Growers are invited to enter their best specimens in the produce competition which is open to all and includes categories for a cake containing a vegetable and jams, chutneys and pickles.

There’s also a feast of entertainment lined up, from chef demonstrations and music from The Bilsdale Silver Band to performances by children from the Hearty-BEATS schools and a nostalgic 1976 double decker bus ride to North Ormesby and the Transporter Bridge.

Vehicles from Cleveland Police and St John Ambulance will be on display, alongside life-saving advice with the Fire Brigade’s chip pan fire demonstration.

Visitors will learn how to get involved in some great One Planet Middlesbrough sustainable living activities, and even join in the great cycle race – riders on static bikes will try clock up enough miles to get to Middlesbrough from London in the four hours of the event.

There’s free entertainment for the kids including pony rides, bouncy castles, Punch and Judy, KMX Karts, boxing ring and body zorb football.

Middlesbrough Environment City Chair Councillor Julia Rostron said: “There are some fantastic growing projects right across Middlesbrough, producing healthy food that’s fun to create and great value.

“The Town meal is a chance for local people to see the produce from their allotments, plots and planters enjoyed by their fellow residents.

“It’s always a great day out, and I’d encourage everyone to come along and try some great local food in the fantastic setting of Centre Square.”

For further information on donating produce contact Middlesbrough Environment City on 01642 243183 or visit menvcity.org.uk