Children’s cookery workshops, live music and bingo with a refreshing twist – a food festival will serve up more than delicious dishes next month.
Excitement is building ahead of the first Seaham Food Festival which is set to bring tasty local produce and enticing eats from around the world to the seaside town on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June.
Throughout the weekend, Seaham Green will be bustling with more than 100 stalls, while celebrity chefs, including BBC MasterChef co-host John Torode and This Morning’s Phil Vickery, will inspire the crowds at the festival’s open-air cookery theatre.
However, the fun does not stop there, as organisers of the free Durham County Council event are whipping up a host of tempting side dishes for people of all ages.
Gin School was a popular choice at Bishop Auckland Food Festival last month, and those partial to a G&T can enjoy another game of Gingo at Seaham. Inspired by the quintessential British pastime of Bingo, Gingo will take place at 12pm, 2pm and 3.30pm on the Saturday and 12pm and 2pm on the Sunday. Tickets cost £12 and include a game of bingo, gin and tonic tastings and an interactive talk by gin distillery owners.
The festival will also feature interactive activities especially for children, including Little Dots Dishes’ cookery workshops. These sessions were another big hit at Bishop Auckland Food Festival and offer youngsters the chance to bake their own tasty and nutritious snacks to take home. Workshops are priced at £6.50 and will take place on both days at 10.30am (banana flapjack), 12.30pm (carrot cake) and 2.30pm (banana flapjacks).
Music lovers are also catered for with live performers providing a feel-good soundtrack to the foodie fun on offer. One act guaranteed to create a party atmosphere is Loud Noises, a band that fuses together contemporary brass with high octane dance music. Expect a dynamic repertoire, gutsy brass playing and plenty of dancing and crowd interaction.
Cllr Ossie Johnson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues, said: “Seaham Food Festival is the first time an event of this scale has been staged in the area. We are hoping that it will have the same success as Bishop Auckland Food Festival, which attracted around 30,000 people to the town in April and boosted the local economy by more than half a million pounds. With its desirable location on Durham’s Heritage Coast, Seaham has the potential to draw in similar crowds and reap the same economic, cultural and social benefits.”
Entry to the festival and open-air cookery theatre is free. John Torode will be appearing on the Saturday and Phil Vickery will be appearing on the Sunday, and festival-goers can also look forward to demonstrations by Rachel Green, an award-winning chef, local food campaigner, author and television presenter, and seafood specialists The Crabstock Boys.
There is a small charge for workshops and advanced booking is recommended.
To find out more about the festival and to stay up to date with the latest news, visit www.seahamfoodfestival.co.uk and follow @SeahamFoodFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Seaham Food Festival is part of #Durham19, a year-long campaign led by Visit County Durham, the council and other partners to celebrate the many cultural events taking place across the county this year. To find out more, visit www.durham.gov.uk/durham19