Industry experts are set to offer their advice to foodies and aspiring cooks as part of two days of foodie events at this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
The free Durham County Council-run festival, which is expected to attract thousands of people over the weekend, will be hosting a series of workshops and talks to get involved in. As well as sampling delicious produce and street food on offer at more than 100 stalls, festival-goers can also pick up some tasty tips from Great British Bake Off star Jane Beedle, and food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden.
Having kept herself busy running online cookery classes throughout lockdown, Jane is set to present four workshops on each day of the festival before she launches a new blog and YouTube channel later this year. Children aged 7-15 can join her for a lesson in making rocky road, while aspiring adults can sign up for demonstrations in babka and Chelsea buns. Tickets for the workshops, which are being held at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, cost £5 each and visitors must book if they wish to attend. Children must be accompanied throughout the event by one adult. For a list of times and to purchase a ticket, visit www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk/jane-beedle-cookery-workshops
Festival-goers will also be able to watch a talk with food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, as he chats to some of the festival’s award-winning traders about what is on offer in his Meet the Producers event. With more than 30 years of experience, Nigel is known for his support of producers across the country though his work with the Guild of Fine Food and the Great Taste Awards. The free event will be held in Bishop Auckland Town Hall at 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm and 3pm on both days of the festival. The sessions have limited seats available and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.