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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 21st and 22nd April 2018.

A whole host of foodie fun will once again be on the menu at Bishop Auckland Food Festival  with a new and exciting programme including a host of special guests, family entertainment, culinary masterclasses, cookery workshops and chef demonstrations.

The festival will also welcome over 150 hand-picked street food producers and traders who will be showcasing the finest food and drink produce from across the region, giving visitors a chance to pick up a taste of Durham.


The first on a fantastic menu of special guests to be announced is Phil Vickery, who will be joining the Festival on Saturday 21st April.

Phil Vickery

Phil will be cooking up his dishes in the Cookery Theatre located at Bishop Auckland Town Hall.  There will be two sessions during the day. As well as passing on his top cooking tips, Phil will be giving advice on how to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.


Phil Vickery, chef, presenter and cookery book author. Phil Vickery has been a part of the This Morning family for over 18 years and he is regarded as one of Britain’s favourite chefs.

Phil is also a highly regarded cookery author having written 18 books – his most recent: Phil Vickery’s Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook has been widely praised and has sold worldwide. He is also the National Food Ambassador for Coeliac UK.  In his spare time he farms, spending many hours working on the land and with his livestock.

Phil said: “I am really looking forward to cooking in front of the great people of Bishop Auckland.

“I love visiting the North East and haven’t had the opportunity to visit such a brilliant food loving part of the country for a long time,
so this should be extra special.”


Tickets for Phil’s Demonstrations are now on sale via the Bishop Auckland Food Festival website. Click here for details. Tickets are limited and just £5 each, sold on a first come first served basis.


Further information, including details of other celebrity chefs and the workshops on offer, will be released in the coming weeks.

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 there's plenty of choice to tantalise your taste buds in Durham, from the award winning 4AA Rosette flagship Orangery restaurant at the magnificent Rockcliffe Hall Hotel brought to you by Michelin-starred executive chef, Richard Allen to North East England's first and only two Michelin star restaurant The Raby Hunt Restaurant.

Plus, we've got two tasty trails for you to get your teeth into, which explore the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, letting you experience great food and drink along the way.

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