Food festival returns as two-day event in Bishop

An annual event packed with local food, demonstrations and celebrity chefs has opened in the centre of Bishop Auckland.

For the first time Bishop Auckland Food Festival takes place over two days in the Market Place, recently re-opened Auckland Castle and the Newgate Centre.

The Festival has food and craft stalls from Durham, Cumbria and further afield along with local breweries where visitors can sample some of their produce.

Another addition to the food festival is a pop-up restaurant with Oldfields Noted Eating House and Empty Shop. Located in the town, the restaurant served tapas-style dishes with seasonal produce.

The first Beer and Wine Festival was held at Bishop Auckland Cricket Club. Sixty hand-pulled ales from local breweries have been on offer alongside a range of wines.

Arts and crafts have also taken part in the festival. “It’s fantastic to see the market place buzzing and full of craft, food stalls and visitors”, said Eric Thompson, resident artist at Bondgate Gallery.

Cookery demonstrations have always been popular at the food festival, and this year the programme boasts John Whaite, winner of the Great British Bake Off 2012, Dean Edwards and ex-Corrie star Sean Wilson. On Sunday the Fabulous Baker Brothers return to the weekend with some of their favourite recipes gathered on a tour of Britain.