OUR FOOD FESTIVALS

ABOUT DURHAM FESTIVAL
OF FOOD & DRINK

A VIRTUAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATING
DURHAM'S LOCAL PRODUCERS & FESTIVALS,
COMMISSIONED BY DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL.

Durham County Council is delighted to present Durham Festival of Food and Drink. This virtual festival has been developed to bring together all of the wonderful food and drink producers and companies involved in both Bishop Auckland and Seaham Food Festivals at a time when we cannot run events.

With our fantastic local festivals cancelled in 2020, plans are steaming ahead for our 2021 events with lots of activity behind the scenes and we hope we will be able to bring you news for 2021 very soon.  

In the meantime, this website has been developed, along with associated social media channels, in support of the small independent businesses that trade at the regional food festivals and local markets. 

The aim is to show you what they have been up to during this tough year, how they have adapted and evolved, and the products they have on offer. 

A directory of traders has been created with many inviting you to enjoy special offers and promotions to encourage you to support these independent businesses in County Durham and shop locally for Christmas.  

In addition, the Festival team will be going behind the scenes with some of the local companies who you’d usually see at Bishop Auckland Food Festival or Seaham Food Festival. These videos will show you the passion they put into their making, baking and distilling, while they tell you their stories. 

ABOUT DURHAM FESTIVAL
OF FOOD & DRINK

A VIRTUAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATING
DURHAM'S LOCAL PRODUCERS & FESTIVALS,
COMMISSIONED BY DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL.

Durham County Council is delighted to present Durham Festival of Food and Drink. This virtual festival has been developed to bring together all of the wonderful food and drink producers and companies involved in both Bishop Auckland and Seaham Food Festivals at a time when we cannot run events.

With our fantastic local festivals cancelled in 2020, plans are steaming ahead for our 2021 events with lots of activity behind the scenes and we hope we will be able to bring you news for 2021 very soon.

In the meantime, this website has been developed, along with associated social media channels, in support of the small independent businesses that trade at the regional food festivals and local markets.

The aim is to show you what they have been up to during this tough year, how they have adapted and evolved, and the products they have on offer.

A directory of traders has been created with many inviting you to enjoy special offers and promotions to encourage you to support these independent businesses in County Durham and shop locally for Christmas.

In addition, the Festival team will be going behind the scenes with some of the local companies who you’d usually see at Bishop Auckland Food Festival or Seaham Food Festival. These videos will show you the passion they put into their making, baking and distilling, while they tell you their stories.

SPECIAL GUESTS

TOP TIPS & RECIPES BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR FAVOURITE CELEBRITY CHEFS

With a host of special guest chefs joining us, you’ll be able to feast on helpful tips, cooking demonstrations and tasty recipes to enjoy and try out at home. 

Some of the chefs are well known within Durham and the surrounding areas, including those from the restaurants you will know well and may have visited before. 

The Durham Festival of Food and Drink is also delighted to bring to you a great line-up of celebrity guests. They will be filming in their homes across the UK to bring some Christmas themed ideas for you to make and bake at home. Check back to see which chef has been revealed next and see the menu of delights they have brought to our virtual table for you to enjoy.  

SPECIAL GUESTS

TOP TIPS & RECIPES BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR FAVOURITE CELEBRITY CHEFS

With a host of special guest chefs joining us, you’ll be able to feast on helpful tips, cooking demonstrations and tasty recipes to enjoy and try out at home.

Some of the chefs are well known within Durham and the surrounding areas, including those from the restaurants you will know well and may have visited before.

The Durham Festival of Food and Drink is also delighted to bring to you a great line-up of celebrity guests. They will be filming in their homes across the UK to bring some Christmas themed ideas for you to make and bake at home. Check back to see which chef has been revealed next and see the menu of delights they have brought to our virtual table for you to enjoy. 

COMMISSIONED BY DURHAM COUNTY
COUNCIL

DURHAM IS HOME TO SOME AMAZING
FOOD PRODUCERS AND TRADERS.

You see them every year at the Food and Drink Festivals in both Seaham and Bishop Auckland. But this year has been very different. The festivals organised by Durham City Council have been unable to take place, and those businesses that usually trade at these events have not had a chance to share their quality produce with the public.

With this in mind, Durham County Council wanted to launch this brand new initiative, not only to put the focus back on these incredible local businesses, but to bring a much needed boost to our local economy, and the producers who help to make the County what it is. These businesses have shown great resilience and ingenuity in order to keep trading during these testing times. This is a way of paying them back.

As we head towards Christmas and with the region experiencing local and national lockdowns, we are asking you to join us by not only enjoying our virtual Food and Drink Festival but also shopping local and buying from these small local businesses in order to help them survive this uncertain time. Many of them have come up with exclusive offers and promotions despite having not had the greatest year so any patronage you can give them is much appreciated. 

Please help to support the produce and people of Durham.

About Durham County Council
Durham County Council represents and promote the interests of County Durham when dealing with regional, national and international affairs. Through effective local government, it allows local people to look after their own affairs and to decide how and where money is best spent in their area.

The council is made up of an elected assembly of 126 councillors accountable to nearly 520,000 people in County Durham. It is responsible for providing a wide range of public services to the people of the county.

It provides services to all parts of the county to meet the needs of its residents and help everyone in County Durham to achieve their ambitions.

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COMMISSIONED BY DURHAM COUNTY
COUNCIL

DURHAM IS HOME TO SOME AMAZING
FOOD PRODUCERS AND TRADERS.

You see them every year at the Food and Drink Festivals in both Seaham and Bishop Auckland. But this year has been very different. The festivals organised by Durham City Council have been unable to take place, and those businesses that usually trade at these events have not had a chance to share their quality produce with the public.

With this in mind, Durham County Council wanted to launch this brand new initiative, not only to put the focus back on these incredible local businesses, but to bring a much needed boost to our local economy, and the producers who help to make the County what it is. These businesses have shown great resilience and ingenuity in order to keep trading during these testing times. This is a way of paying them back.

As we head towards Christmas and with the region experiencing local and national lockdowns, we are asking you to join us by not only enjoying our virtual Food and Drink Festival but also shopping local and buying from these small local businesses in order to help them survive this uncertain time. Many of them have come up with exclusive offers and promotions despite having not had the greatest year so any patronage you can give them is much appreciated.

Please help to support the produce and people of Durham.

About Durham County Council
Durham County Council represents and promote the interests of County Durham when dealing with regional, national and international affairs. Through effective local government, it allows local people to look after their own affairs and to decide how and where money is best spent in their area.

The council is made up of an elected assembly of 126 councillors accountable to nearly 520,000 people in County Durham. It is responsible for providing a wide range of public services to the people of the county.

It provides services to all parts of the county to meet the needs of its residents and help everyone in County Durham to achieve their ambitions.

BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Do you have a speciality that everyone loves? Or a secret ingredient that makes your cakes, or pies, or biscuits extra special? Did granny hand down an old cake recipe that never fails? Is there something that you always make for your family, that puts a smile on their faces?

We would love you to send us your special recipe to add to our book. Just email communityrecipes@durhamfestivaloffoodanddrink.co.uk  with a list of your ingredients, quantities and method, and we’ll do the rest.

A picture of the finished item would be great too (and maybe one of you and your family eating it! Don’t forget to include your name, and location, and we look forward to adding you to our book.

BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Do you have a speciality that everyone loves? Or a secret ingredient that makes your cakes, or pies, or biscuits extra special? Did granny hand down an old cake recipe that never fails? Is there something that you always make for your family, that puts a smile on their faces?

We would love you to send us your special recipe to add to our book. Just email communityrecipes@durhamfestivaloffoodanddrink.co.uk with a list of your ingredients, quantities and method, and we’ll do the rest.

A picture of the finished item would be great too (and maybe one of you and your family eating it! Don’t forget to include your name, and location, and we look forward to adding you to our book.

SUPPORTED BY
TASTE DURHAM

CELEBRATING PRODUCERS, SUPPLIERS AND RETAILERS IN DURHAM

Food and drink accounts for 37% of total annual spend in the visitor economy (totalling £350mn).  Taste Durham showcases and celebrates the county’s food and drink and encourages people who live here, and those who are visiting, to sample the best we have on offer. Local food and produce is sought out by more and more people who are looking for an authentic experience and who care where their food comes from. The vibrancy of farmers markets, the emergence of more and more food festivals across the country and the growing number of food tourists are evidence of this trend.  Taste Durham is about all businesses in Durham’s food and drink sector – producers, suppliers and retailers. 

SUPPORTED BY
TASTE DURHAM

CELEBRATING PRODUCERS, SUPPLIERS AND RETAILERS IN DURHAM

Food and drink accounts for 37% of total annual spend in the visitor economy (totalling £350mn).  Taste Durham showcases and celebrates the county’s food and drink and encourages people who live here, and those who are visiting, to sample the best we have on offer. Local food and produce is sought out by more and more people who are looking for an authentic experience and who care where their food comes from. The vibrancy of farmers markets, the emergence of more and more food festivals across the country and the growing number of food tourists are evidence of this trend.  Taste Durham is about all businesses in Durham’s food and drink sector – producers, suppliers and retailers. 

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