Thousands of foodies enjoy Bishop Auckland Food Festival

People across Co Durham and beyond visited Bishop Auckland to celebrate all things food during this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

Thousands of people attended this year’s event, run by Durham County Council, and enjoyed two days of food, workshops, and entertainment in the town’s Market Place.

Cooks got to watch top TV chefs and bakers – including MasterChef’s John Torode, Great British Bake Off star Briony Williams, world-class chocolatier Paul A Young, contestants from this year’s MasterChef Tom Rhodes and Mike Bartley, as well as Epivegan Brett Cobley and TV presenter and chef Joe Hurd – demonstrate their skills in the outdoor cookery theatre.

Visitors also got to learn from Bake Off favourite Jane Beedle and hear from some of the festival’s traders in a series of talks with food broadcaster Nigel Barden. More than 100 traders kept visitors well fed while family entertainment kept youngsters and adults entertained throughout the weekend.

To see pictures from the festival and to stay up to date with the latest festival news, follow @bishfoodfest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, visit

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