Organisers of Bishop Auckland Food Festival are counting down the days until visitors are welcomed back to celebrate all things food.
There are just two more weeks to go until the Durham County Council-run festival, which will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April for a weekend full of foodie celebrations.
This year the festival is also a key part of County Durham’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025, showcasing how people can get involved in culture through food.
The weekend will see hundreds of traders set up shop across Bishop Auckland town centre, ready to share their goodies with visitors – from sensational street food and delicious desserts to artisan produce and locally-brewed beverages.
A fantastic line-up of celebrity chefs will also be taking to the stage at the festival’s cookery theatre, where the likes of chef and TV presenter John Whaite and Great British Bake Off favourite Crystelle Pereira plus many more guests will be cooking up a storm of exciting dishes.
Visitors can also look out for family entertainment taking place across the town, from street performances to opportunities to get involved in arts and crafts.
The festival will welcome music from the North Tyneside Steel Band, one of the oldest steel bands in the North East, as well as street samba groups Nordestinos and Runaway Samba, which will all be ready to spread the party atmosphere with their lively performances.
There will also be stilt walking entertainment from Jump Stilts, acrobatic walkabout waiters who will wow the crowd with their antics on spring-loaded stilts, as well as the Giant Chefs, an interactive stilt-walking double act with a super-sized sense of humour.
Visitors can also explore their creativity with the likes of Daisy Arts and artist Laura Brenchley, with both having sessions available for festivalgoers to get crafty.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “With just two more weeks to go, we can’t wait to welcome traders, chefs and visitors alike to Bishop Auckland to celebrate all things food. There is so much on offer from delicious dishes and demonstrations to family entertainment, so we’re encouraging everyone to come down and see what they can discover.
“Bishop Auckland Food Festival is one of the most popular food events in the North East, and a highlight in the county’s events calendar. We know that people look forward to returning year after year, which showcases that the county has a cultural programme that fully supports its bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.”
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To find out more about the City of Culture bid, submit ideas and leave messages of support, visit www.durham2025.co.uk or follow the Durham 2025 social media accounts at @Durham2025 on Facebook, @Durham_2025 on Twitter, and @Durham2025_ on Instagram.