Bishop Auckland Food Festival welcomes thousands of foodies

Bishop Auckland Food Festival returned to its spring date this year and proved a huge success as people travelled from across Co Durham and beyond to celebrate all things food.

The Durham County Council-run festival saw record-breaking visitor numbers as 30,000 people sampled dishes from more than 150 local traders and enjoyed an eclectic mix of family entertainment.

There was also a chance to see a star-studded line up of top TV chefs and bakers in the outdoor cookery theatre – including John Whaite; Great British Bake Off favourites Crystelle Pereira (pictured), Karen Wright and Chigs Parmar; Matt Pritchard, also known as Dirty Vegan; MasterChef The Professional’s finalist Philli Armitage-Mattin; and Bishop Auckland’s own MasterChef contestant Mike Bartley.

Some visitors also got to experience the luxury of fine dining with a special event hosted by Mike, who presented a gourmet four-course evening menu at Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

To see more pictures from the event, follow @BishFoodFest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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