The 2013 Bishop Auckland Food Festival Approaches

The Bishop Auckland Food Festival is a star-studded event featuring celebrities like the Baker Brothers and Sean Wilson, which takes place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April across various venues in Bishop Auckland. The festival will also host its first beer and wine festival for those of you into your booze (i.e most of you).

The Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert, will be demonstrating some of the recipes they have collected on their tour of Britain on the Sunday at 1pm. They will also be signing their book: The Fabulous Baker Brothers.

Coronation Streets’ Sean Wilson now has his own show on Channel 5, The Great Northern Cookbook. He will be at the festival on Saturday at 2pm, demonstrating some Northern recipes and talking about his passion for cheese. He is part of the Saddleworth Cheese Co. and won the gold medal at the World Cheese Awards in 2011.

The 2012 Great British Bake Off winner, John Whaite, will also be at the festival on the Saturday. He will be giving a talk about the incredible year he has had since winning the bake off, will host a Q&A and book singing of his first book, John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Everyday and Every Mood, at 11am.

Dean Edwards, the resident chef of This Morning and Lorraine, and Ivor Peters, founder of Urban Rajah, will also be at the festival.

If your time with these celebrity chefs wasn’t enough, Sean Wilson and John Whaite will also be at The Art of Dinner Conversation. You can create your own personalised British tasting menu through tapas style dishes. Each table will have a different dinner guest, either a celebrity chef or an artist. This event will take place at 7pm and is presented by the BAFF, Oldfields Eating House and Empty Shop. Durham artists created the space for the event specifically for the festival. Tickets for this event are £25.

If celebrity chefs are not enough, you can sample more than 60 beers from breweries based in the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire in the beer and wine festival. You can also vote for bitters in the BAFF Battle of the Beers. All the beers will be brewed specially for the festival. If you still haven’t seen enough of the chefs, The Baker Brothers will be part of a celebrity panel along with The Beer Chef and Richard Fox. The three top voted beers will be put to the test by the panel in a blind tasting. Wine experts will also be on hand to help you decide which wines to purchase. They can be purchased by the glass, bottle or case.

The Beer and Wine festival will also include drink and food matching sessions and live music in the evening. Tickets are £10 and include entry, limited edition souvenir glass, programme and tasting notes, two tokens for half a pint or glass of wine and entry to all beer and wine events. The event will take place at the Bishop Auckland Cricket Club on Friday 19th from 5:50pm to 11pm, Saturday 20th from 11am to 11pm and Sunday 21st April, 11am to 10pm.

The festival will be spread out over the three different venues: the Market Place, Auckland Castle and the Newgate Shopping Centre. Durham Producers, Street Food and Made in Cumbria will all be at Auckland Castle, the Producers Market will take place at the Market Place and the Food and Craft Market will be at the Newgate Shopping Centre.

Happy eating! (And drinking).

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