Bishop Auckland Food Festival

bishop food fest

Bishop Auckland Food Festival is back – bigger and better than ever before.

Now in its 13th year, the free festival has become one of the leading food events in the North East and will welcome thousands of visitors when it returns on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April.

Located in the historical setting of Bishop Auckland Market Place, the festival promises a great day out for all the family with something to suit all ages and appetites.

Around 120 street traders will tempt visitors with their tasty dishes from countries including Mexico, Malaysia, India, Italy – and even Scandinavia!

One of those looking forward to this year’s festival is Newcastle-based Sghetti Monster, who will be serving up delicious fresh pasta from their colourful trailer.

“Our food has gained a bit of a cult following and we can’t wait to bring it to hungry festival-goers in Bishop Auckland,” said co-founder Victoria Barone.

“We’ll have a variety of flavoursome dishes on offer – including a vegan option – so there should be something for everyone to enjoy.”

If all the delicious food on offer leaves you inspired to cook up your own mouth-watering meals, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn from some of the country’s top chefs.

Phil Vickery will be sharing his advice on how to get a balanced diet without skimping on flavour, while Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and finalist Jane Beedle will bring their show-stopping style to the festival’s Cookery Theatre.

Other cookery demos will be led by Jack Stein, who has followed his dad into the kitchen, and Dan Doherty, judge on new BBC series Britain’s Best Cook.

Sean Wilson, who soon reprises his role as Martin Platt in Coronation Street, will also give a demonstration after leaving the cobbles to launch his own cheese company.

Tickets for all Cookery Theatre demonstrations cost £5 and can be bought at

The festival is also a unique opportunity to learn some creative cooking tips of your own, with workshops led by The School of Artisan Food.

Adult workshops cost just £5 and range from sausage making to butter making – visit the website to find out more about the other sessions and to book.

Budding young chefs can also get a slice of the action, with a range of sessions priced at £1. There’s something to cater for even the fussiest eaters, from pizza making to ice-cream making and many more. Places can only be reserved on the day – visit the marquee on arrival to sign up.

The festival is easily accessible from across the North East and less than an hour’s drive from Newcastle and the East Coast.

A park and ride service will also be operating from Bishop Auckland College on Woodhouse Lane, with the first bus departing at 9.45am and then every 15 minutes until 4.15pm on Saturday and 3.15pm on Sunday.

For more details on the festival including a full list of traders and workshops on offer visit


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