ORGANISERS of a major food festival are determined to “show the world” a united Haringey after riots earlier this month.

The Harringay Food Festival is the borough's first opportunity for a public display of unity in the wake of widespread disorder, rioting and looting in Tottenham and Wood Green.

Shefik Mehmet, chairman of the Harringay Traders Association, said: “Especially after recent events in the borough, this is going to be one of the biggest get-togethers – a unity event.

“I am 100 per cent sure this is going to go through peacefully, without trouble, bringing all these people together.”

The festival is a collaborative effort between Green Lanes business owners and local residents associations, with the support of police and Haringey Council.

Councillor Nilgun Canver, (Labour, St Ann's), chairs the festival planning committee, said the event is a chance to show community togetherness which has been growing for many years.

She said: “We need to show the whole world that Haringey is united and that we are working together to rebuild the community.

“This is the right way to celebrate what we have got here – bringing vitality and vibracy while supporting a local economy.”

More than 100 stalls, many of which will be showcasing traditional food on sale in Green Lanes, will be at the festival, on Sunday, September 18.

At the inaugural festival two years, more than 10,000 people came along, and organisers have increase the number of attractions to try to top that.

There will be two music stages and four arena for children's activities. Fringe events, including the launch of a new play area at Duckett's Common and a junk model making workshop in The Gardens, the day before are hoped to increase the festival's draw.

The main road will be closed for the festival on the day, from St Ann's Road to Williamson Road.

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