Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023 FAQs

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Contact Details

Bishop Auckland Food Festival social media handles.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival Questions

Festival Opening Times

What is Bishop Auckland Food Festival?

Who makes Bishop Auckland Food Festival happen?

Will I need a ticket for Bishop Auckland Food Festival?

Travelling to Bishop Auckland Food Festival

What’s the best way to get to the festival?

Park and Ride Service.

Park and Ride Costs

Bishop Auckland Town Centre Car Parks

Public Transport

I have mobility issues. Is special parking provided?

I want to take a large coach party to the festival; how do I do this?

Planning Your Visit

I have mobility issues, where can I find out information about how to get around?

Where can I find public toilets?

Are dogs allowed?

What music will there be at the festival?

What happens if the weather is bad?

What’s on at Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Bishop Auckland Food Festival Running Order

Business & City Resident Info.

Where can I find out information about road closures for the festival (Business and Residents)?

Road Closures

Miscellaneous

Where can I get help booking accommodation during the festival?

Will there be official photography and filming taking place?

Crowd management / emergencies

Public and crowd safety (if a member of public asks)

Bishop Auckland Food Festival Layout

Contact Details

Email enquiries: baff@durham.gov.uk / baffsm@durham.gov.uk

Website: www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk

Bishop Auckland Food Festival social media handles

Follow:

@BishFoodFest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Get the latest updates at #BishFoodFest

For the latest traffic and travel information follow @DurhamCouncil

Bishop Auckland Food Festival Questions

Festival Opening Times

Saturday 22 April 2023 – 10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday 23 April 2023 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

What is Bishop Auckland Food Festival?

Bishop Auckland Food Festival takes place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April 2023.There’ll be a host of tasty treats from around 140 traders and producers, mouth-watering demonstrations from famous faces in the cookery world and fun for all the family all weekend with a fantastic programme of family entertainment, outdoor theatre, and live music.

Who makes Bishop Auckland Food Festival happen?

Bishop Auckland Food Festival is commissioned and operated by Durham County Council, their Events team manage the festival and is supported by Channell Events for programming, trader management, marketing and PR support. It is supported by Visit County Durham, Northumbrian Water and with media partners BBC Radio Tees and the Northern Echo.

Will I need a ticket for Bishop Auckland Food Festival?

You don’t need a ticket to visit the main festival and stalls, but some events are ticketed. Tickets can be purchased through this website when they go on sale and can be bought online up to one hour before the relevant event.

 

Travelling to Bishop Auckland Food Festival

What’s the best way to get to the festival?

We strongly advise that you use public transport or the park and ride which will operate from Bishop Auckland College, so you don’t have to worry about where to park your car and are less likely to get stuck in any traffic jams.

See the Visiting page for more information on getting to Bishop Auckland: https://bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk/visiting/

Park and Ride Service

An accessible park and ride service will be in operation for visitors between Bishop Auckland College (DL14 6JZ) and the town centre.

Buses will run from 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday, the last return bus will run at 5.30pm on Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.

Park and Ride Costs

Return tickets cost £2 for adults, 50 pence for children aged five to 15 years old and are free for those under five.

 

Bishop Auckland Town Centre Car Parks

Town centre car parks will be open but may be busy and drivers should be aware of diversions due to road closures for the event.

Public Transport

Other regular bus and rail services will also be operating over the weekend.

I have mobility issues. Is special parking provided?

All the park and ride buses have accessible facilities.

I want to take a large coach party to the festival; how do I do this?

There are drop off points at all regular bus stops, but please do take into account that road closures are in place in the market place.

Planning Your Visit

I have mobility issues, where can I find out information about how to get around?

Bishop Auckland is a generally an accessible town and all food traders are at ground level in the market place.

Bishop Auckland Town Hall is fully accessible for disabled customers. There are lifts to all floors and there is an accessible toilet on the first floor, which is open to the public during the festival from 10.00am to 2.00pm during the festival.

Sunday afternoon is usually a quieter time to visit the festival.

Where can I find public toilets?

There will be toilets around the festival for public use.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are welcome at the festival but please be aware that a large number of people attend the festival. We would recommend that dogs are kept are on a lead. Please clean up after your dog.

What music will there be at the festival?

See running order for the event below.

What happens if the weather is bad?

In most cases, the festival will take place whatever the weather. Check the website and social media for up-to-date information.

What’s on at Bishop Auckland Food Festival

The Festival Map can be accessed here:

Details of Food Traders can be accessed here: https://bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk/exhibitors/

Details of Chefs can be accessed here (See event timetable for times): https://bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk/celebrity-chef-line-up/

Details of Kids Cookery Workshops can be accessed here (See event timetable for times): https://bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk/kids-cookery-workshops-with-viki-from-twiddle-food/

Details of Have a Go Workshops with Bishop Auckland College can be accessed here: https://bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk/bishop-auckland-college-presenting-have-a-go-sessions/

Details of an evening with Mike Bartley can be accessed here (See event timetable for time): https://bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk/an-evening-with-mike-bartley/

 

Bishop Auckland Food Festival Running Order

Saturday

22nd April 2023

 

 

TimeActivityPresenter
10:30amCookery Theatre DemonstrationJanuz Domagala
11:30 amNorth Tyneside Steel Band – next to Monument (Sessions between 30 – 40 mins)North Tyneside Steel Band
11:30 amCookery Theatre DemonstrationRachel Allen
12:30pmCookery Theatre DemonstrationPhil Vickery
1:30 pmNorth Tyneside Steel Band – next to Monument (Sessions between 30 – 40 mins)North Tyneside Steel Band
1:30pmCookery Theatre DemonstrationJanuz Domagala
2:30pmCookery Theatre DemonstrationRachel Allen
3 pmNorth Tyneside Steel Band – next to Monument (Sessions between 30 – 40 mins)North Tyneside Steel Band
3:30pmCookery Theatre DemonstrationPhil Vickery

Sunday

23rd April 2023

  
TimeActivityPresenter
10:30amCookery Theatre DemonstrationSandro Farmhouse
11:20amCookery Theatre DemonstrationKenny Tutt
12 NoonNorth Tyneside Steel Band – next to Monument (Sessions between 30 – 40 mins)North Tyneside Steel Band
12:20pmCookery Theatre DemonstrationJanuz Domagala
1:10pmCookery Theatre DemonstrationSandro Farmhouse
1:30 pmNorth Tyneside Steel Band – next to Monument (Sessions between 30 – 40 mins)North Tyneside Steel Band
2pmCookery Theatre DemonstrationKenny Tutt
3pmCookery Theatre DemonstrationJanuz Domagala
3pmNorth Tyneside Steel Band – next to Monument (Sessions between 30 – 40 mins)North Tyneside Steel Band

Roaming Entertainment 22/04/2023 –

David Aryn (10:30am/12:30pm/2:30pm)

Human Hedges (11am / 1pm / 3pm)

Hungry Chefs (12noon / 2pm / 3:30pm)

Both performances between 30 – 45 mins

Roaming Entertainment 23/04/2023 –

Waiter Surprise (11:30am/ 1pm/2:30pm)

Human Hedges (11:30am / 1pm / 2:30pm),

Hungry Chefs (11am / 12:30pm / 2pm),

Grannies (12noon/ 1:30pm/ 3pm)

All performances between 30 – 45 mins

Children’s Craft Workshops 22nd & 23rd April 2023

Screen Print Tote Bags with Daisy Arts (from 10am)

Live graffiti wall’ for people to add to with Dan Walls of Illumination Art (from 10am)

Both taking place on North Bondgate between the market place and the live stage on the car park site

 

 

Business & City Resident Info

Where can I find out information about road closures for the festival (Business and Residents)?

There will be a number of road closures in and around the town leading up to and during the festival. We would advise to make sure you leave plenty of travelling time if you’re travelling to the festival. Road closures will be in place from 21st April 05:00 – 23rd April 21:00.

Businesses and residents who are affected by the road closures should receive information letters with further details. If you haven’t received a letter, and think you are affected, please contact baff@durham.gov.uk

Road Closure Map

Miscellaneous

Where can I get help booking accommodation during the festival?

Durham’s Visitor Contact Centre can put you in touch with hotel and other accommodation providers in the county. They do fill up very quickly around the festival, so we recommend booking accommodation as early as possible.

Call the Visitor Contact Centre or Contact them on 03000 26 26 26 or email visitor@thisisdurham.com.

Will there be official photography and filming taking place?

Yes, there will be official photography and filming taking place throughout the festival footprint.

Crowd management / emergencies

Public and crowd safety (if a member of public asks):

Public safety is at the heart of preparing for Bishop Auckland Food Festival and we have worked extremely closely with the county council, the police, fire and rescue service, ambulance service and the Safety Advisory Group for many months to put a robust plan in place.

 

Bishop Auckland Food Festival Layout