In FoodInspire

Food lovers and families are in for a treat this spring as Bishop Auckland gets ready to host its fabulous food festival once again, on the weekend of 1-2 April.

Pick up a taste of Durham from the wide array of food and drink stalls at the Bishop Auckland Food Festival, take part in this year's foodie masterclasses and enjoy a host of demonstrations and family entertainment across the whole weekend.


Famous faces return...

This year sees the return of Tom and Henry Herbert from The Hobbs House Bakery, best known as stars of Channel 4’s Fabulous Baker Brothers. On Saturday 1 April they will be entertaining the crowds in the Newgate Centre, where they will be teaching onlookers how to make soda bread from scratch for the ultimate sandwich and ‘posh kebabs’ starting with sumptuous soft flat breads filled with local lamb..

Baker Brothers

On Sunday 2 April, the fabulous Foxy is back guiding audience members at Bishop Auckland Town Hall through the creation of some delicious dishes, including one inspired by his new place of residence – Spain!

Richard Fox is a seasoned TV chef, cookery book writer and demo expert, and a regular face at BAFF.  He has chosen some of his favourite dishes to share with you, including sushi, tapas and gnocchi.

The Urban Rajah’s Pop-up Café is also back as festival favourite, Ivor Peters (aka The Urban Rajah) will once again be working with students and staff from Bishop Auckland College to create the ultimate Indian dining experience. 

Urban Rajah

For one weekend only, the team will be taking over the café in Bishop Auckland Town Hall to bring you ‘The Pav’ - a fast food dish from Mumbai with spiced fillings, such as potato cutlets, minced lamb or toasted paneer, ladled with a spiced salsa and served in a soft buttered bread roll.

For the little ones...

Young foodies can also try their hand at a range of culinary techniques at the Children’s Cookery School running in the Newgate Centre with classes ranging from bread to pizza making, scones to fizzy cocktail concoctions! Get more information on kids club here.

And there's more....

Entertainment is plentiful across the weekend with bands from Durham’s BRASS festival performing in ‘The Bish and Hop’ – a Bavarian-style Bier Keller being installed in an empty shop on Newgate Street.

steam machine

Comedy fans are also in for a treat with a stand-up comedy night, The Big Comedy Feast, which takes place at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Saturday 1 April at 7.30pm.

Full details and tickets for all these events can be found online at Tickets can also be purchased from the Gala Theatre in Durham City on 03000 266 600 or in person or from Bishop Auckland Town Hall on 03000 269 524 or in person.

Stay a little longer...

Why not base your visit to the Food Festival around a short break and discover more of what Durham has to offer this spring. Take a look at our Bishop Auckland page to find out more about other things to see and do in the town, as well as places to stay and dine.

If you're a true foodie then you may be interested in the two Durham restaurants that recently made the Sunday Times' top 100 list, one of which now has two Michelin Stars too, one of only 19 restaurants in the UK with two stars. Plus, we've got two tasty trails for you to get your teeth into - a great way to explore some of the county's delicious restauraunts, farm shops, local producers and micro-breweries.

More ideas...

Stay a little longer and visit Durham City's UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the breathtaking Durham Dales or seek out award-winning attractions across the county. Take a look at our spring breaks page for more inspiration.


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