OUR FESTIVALS

SHOWCASING THE FINEST IN OUR REGION FOR OVER 14 YEARS

Durham County Council launched Bishop Auckland Food Festival 15 years ago and it has become a must go to festival in the local calendar. Each year, we make sure we have a great mix of local producers and showcase some of the best the region has to offer. 

Set in the beautiful market place in Bishop Auckland, the town is alive with the bustle of visitors.  Over the years, the Food Festival has evolved and in 2019 saw a fantastic audience and the most traders we have ever had. 

The traders mixed perfectly with two live stages for celebrity guests, one in Bishop Auckland Town Hall and one in the Market Place. There are also a range of workshops for children to make and bake various items as well as workshops and taster sessions for the adults too including Gin School, Beer and Bites, and Bread Making.  

Durham County Council delivers the Food Festival each year and is always keen to ensure it supports the community through initiatives into schools. In 2019, the school outreach programme attracted almost 1,000 students in two days to Bishop Auckland Town Hall to learn with food scientist Stefan Gates.

Following the success of Bishop Auckland Food Festival, Durham County Council added Seaham Food Festival to the region in 2019.  The launch event threw in some challenges with torrential rain stopping play on the first day. However, the sun shone and the crowds came on the second day and Seaham quickly established itself in the County Durham calendar. 

Like many event organisers, our Durham County Council team followed the guidelines for 2020 and had to postpone both Food Festivals until 2021. The Food Festivals supported the traders with virtual editions. 

Now, in what has been a tough year and leading up to Christmas, the team would like you to join them in raising awareness for local business and support local producers with Durham Festival of Food and Drink. 

OUR FESTIVALS

SHOWCASING THE FINEST IN OUR REGION FOR OVER 14 YEARS

Durham County Council launched Bishop Auckland Food Festival 15 years ago and it has become a must go to festival in the local calendar. Each year, we make sure we have a great mix of local producers and showcase some of the best the region has to offer. 

Set in the beautiful market place in Bishop Auckland, the town is alive with the bustle of visitors.  Over the years, the Food Festival has evolved and in 2019 saw a fantastic audience and the most traders we have ever had. 

The traders mixed perfectly with two live stages for celebrity guests, one in Bishop Auckland Town Hall and one in the Market Place. There are also a range of workshops for children to make and bake various items as well as workshops and taster sessions for the adults too including Gin School, Beer and Bites, and Bread Making.  

Durham County Council delivers the Food Festival each year and is always keen to ensure it supports the community through initiatives into schools. In 2019, the school outreach programme attracted almost 1,000 students in two days to Bishop Auckland Town Hall to learn with food scientist Stefan Gates.

Following the success of Bishop Auckland Food Festival, Durham County Council added Seaham Food Festival to the region in 2019.  The launch event threw in some challenges with torrential rain stopping play on the first day. However, the sun shone and the crowds came on the second day and Seaham quickly established itself in the County Durham calendar. 

Like many event organisers, our Durham County Council team followed the guidelines for 2020 and had to postpone both Food Festivals until 2021. The Food Festivals supported the traders with virtual editions. 

Now, in what has been a tough year and leading up to Christmas, the team would like you to join them in raising awareness for local business and support local producers with Durham Festival of Food and Drink. 

THE BISHOP AUCKLAND FOOD FESTIVAL

SOME OF DURHAM'S FINEST FOOD & DRINK ARTISANS

Next year will mark the 16th year for Durham County Council’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival.  Behind the scenes, we are already planning for the 2021 Festival with many unknown aspects at this stage. We continue to monitor the latest government guidance and news. We are planning to make sure that if there is an opportunity to make Bishop Auckland Food Festival happen, we are ready.  

In 2019, Bishop Auckland Food Festival attracted more than 28,000 people, resulting in record sales for traders and boosting the profits of local businesses. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the visitors’ comments will ensure the Festival is bigger and better in 2021.

Over the years, we’ve welcomed many celebrity chefs to Bishop Auckland including Rosemary Shreager, Candice Brown, Phil Vickery, Greg Wallace, Kenny Tutt, Briony May Williams, as well as TV personalities Jennie McAlpine and Angelica Bell.

The team is immensely proud of Bishop Auckland Food Festival and all involved. It brings together some of the best local producers, the food loving community, lots of great supporters, suppliers and 

THE BISHOP AUCKLAND FOOD FESTIVAL

SOME OF DURHAM'S FINEST FOOD & DRINK ARTISANS

Next year will mark the 16th year for Durham County Council’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival.  Behind the scenes, we are already planning for the 2021 Festival with many unknown aspects at this stage. We continue to monitor the latest government guidance and news. We are planning to make sure that if there is an opportunity to make Bishop Auckland Food Festival happen, we are ready.  

In 2019, Bishop Auckland Food Festival attracted more than 28,000 people, resulting in record sales for traders and boosting the profits of local businesses. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the visitors’ comments will ensure the Festival is bigger and better in 2021.

Over the years, we’ve welcomed many celebrity chefs to Bishop Auckland including Rosemary Shreager, Candice Brown, Phil Vickery, Greg Wallace, Kenny Tutt, Briony May Williams, as well as TV personalities Jennie McAlpine and Angelica Bell.

The team is immensely proud of Bishop Auckland Food Festival and all involved. It brings together some of the best local producers, the food loving community, lots of great supporters, suppliers and 

THE SEAHAM FOOD FESTIVAL

THE FESTIVAL BRINGS TOGETHER TOP CHEFS, FABULOUS TRADERS, STREET FOOD AND TASTY DEMOS TO GET THE TASTEBUDS TINGLING

Seaham Food Festival, brought to you by Durham County Council, had its inaugural outing in 2019.  Our plans like all Festivals and events were postponed in 2020 but behind the scenes, we are busy planning for 2021. 

Located on the beautiful sea front in Seaham, the Food Festival has an incredible backdrop.  In its first event, it welcomed a mix of over 100 traders including street-food and local producers with some of the resident Seaham companies also joining. There was so much local support from lots of organisations and companies and we can’t wait to bring the Festival to Seaham again. 

However, we hope the weather will be kinder to us as on the first day, we were hit by storms. The sun shone on us all for the second day and a great time was had by all. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for news on future plans.

THE SEAHAM FOOD FESTIVAL

THE FESTIVAL BRINGS TOGETHER TOP CHEFS, FABULOUS TRADERS, STREET FOOD AND TASTY DEMOS TO GET THE TASTEBUDS TINGLING

Seaham Food Festival, brought to you by Durham County Council, had its inaugural outing in 2019.  Our plans like all Festivals and events were postponed in 2020 but behind the scenes, we are busy planning for 2021. 

Located on the beautiful sea front in Seaham, the Food Festival has an incredible backdrop.  In its first event, it welcomed a mix of over 100 traders including street-food and local producers with some of the resident Seaham companies also joining. There was so much local support from lots of organisations and companies and we can’t wait to bring the Festival to Seaham again. 

However, we hope the weather will be kinder to us as on the first day, we were hit by storms. The sun shone on us all for the second day and a great time was had by all. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for news on future plans.

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