Live music, street theatre and more confirmed for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Dancing grannies, human hedges, singing waiters and chefs on stilts will be among the free family entertainment acts performing at Bishop Auckland Food Festival this year.

The festival, run by Durham County Council, attracted a record 30,000 visitors last year and returns to the town on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23.

A weekend of delicious food is in store, with around 150 stalls selling the best of local produce, and five celebrity chefs taking to the cookery demonstration stage over the weekend.

There’s plenty of family fun to be had too. Taking to the streets on both days will be tree-like characters Human Hedges; stilt-walking double act Hungry Chefs; and the North Tyneside Steel Band.

BBC Introducing singer/songwriter David Aryn will perform on Saturday, while TikTok sensations Waiter Surprise will fill the town with song on Sunday.

Also appearing on Sunday will be the hilarious Granny Turismo – the world’s first (and only) shopping trolley dance display team.

There are free family-friendly craft workshops on both days too, with the chance to make lino print tote bags with Daisy Arts, or try spray painting with Dan Walls from Illumination Wall Art.

The Auckland Project is also getting in on the act by putting on family activities across the weekend. The project is hosting a children’s dinner party with dressing up and games at No.43 in the Market Place, plus Spanish Gallery-inspired art activities in Auckland Tower.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “There are only three weeks to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival and although the food and drink stalls and the cookery demonstrations spring to mind as soon as you mention the event, the street entertainment is a very big draw in itself.

“We’ve got a great programme this year, with family photo opportunities and laughs aplenty. The little ones in particular seem to love the walkabout street theatre acts and are sure to be talking about it for days.

“We’ve also got a quality music offer – David Aryn is a BBC Introducing Artist of the Week, while Waiter Surprise have burst into song at many a wedding reception and are no strangers to a viral TikTok video either!

“We’re well on with event preparations now and we’ll soon have a confirmed list of traders to share. It’s going to be quite a weekend!”

This year’s celebrity chefs are Phil Vickery, Rachel Allen, Kenny Tutt, Sandro Farmhouse and Janusz Domagala.

To keep updated on all the latest Bishop Auckland Food Festival news visit the event’s website and follow its social media channels.

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