Split Festival organisers will join in the Olympic theme this weekend when they curate a three day food and drink festival at Herrington Country Park. The event is part of The Sunderland Festival, which will also sees the Olympic Torch pass through the event.

Outdoor cinema, live music and quality food and drink re just part of the massive family festival which will see tens of thousands flock to Herrington Country Park.

Frankie Francis from Frankie & The Heartstrings, who are headlining the music on show, said: “This is a big deal for Sunderland, the Olympic torch is passing through our city, we are just glad to be part of the festivities on what should a really great day, and it free!”

Martyn McFadden, from Split, who are curating the food village said: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend. We’ve spent the last four months making sure that as many different food types are covered and I think we’ve cracked it. We’ve got amazing food from all over the world. We have Tibetan and Thai tastes, Caribbean cuisine, curry and cakes and sushi and strawberries and a great selection of beers to wash it down. It’s going to be a real feast!”

The full programme is as follows:

Friday begins with a fun fair from 5pm to 7pm, before the Friday Film screening of Mamma Mia! at 8pm.

Saturday. The food village and the fun fair will be open from early Saturday morning, while the festival gates will open at 11am on Saturday, with a world record Hula Hoop attempt starting at 11:40. At midday the whole festival site will open up, with a whole host of family activities, including blacksmithing, amongst others, all available for you to participate in at the Arts and Crafts, Community and Sports marquees from 12pm to 6pm.

Over at the main stage, located next to the food village, there’s a feast of music, film and the arts, all kicking off at 3pm with a special screening of The Lion King. Sunderland Community Choir will perform on stage at 5:30pm, before the day’s second film screening, The Italian Job, begins at 6:30. We’ll be joined by the wonderful The Lake Poets, who’ll be performing a set on stage at 8:20, whetting your appetite and warming you up perfectly for headliners Frankie & The Heartstrings, who come on at 9pm. Their set will last for 45 minutes before the night is closed with a spectacular fireworks display.

Sunday:  Once again, the food village will be open all day, for you to eat, drink and be merry, all at your own leisure and the fun fair will be open from 10 till 4. There’ll be brass bands on stage from 10:30 till 4pm. From midday to 4pm, the EDF marquee will play host to some of the most exciting, young local bands, all presented by Kenny from The Bunker.

Sunday’s film screenings will be Toy Story at 4pm.