Counting down to the Bishop Auckland Food Festival

There’s not long to go until the Bishop Auckland Food Festival takes over the streets of the Durham town on Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24.

The weekend will see hundreds of traders set up shop, ready to share their goodies with visitors – from sensational street food and delicious desserts to artisan produce and locally brewed drinks.

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 will be cooking up a storm. There’ll also be a chance to see top TV chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, local favourite Mike Bartley, Bake Off’s Chigs Parmar, and vegan chef Matt Pritchard in action.

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.

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 Daisy Arts and artist Laura Brenchley, with both having offering sessions for festivalgoers.

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