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Calling all Foodie Fans! Enjoy a scrumptious day out at The Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2019, we have over 150 food and drink traders PLUS…don’t miss our fabulous activities throughout the festival. This years event has an exciting extended
new space, with more activities and features to enjoy. 

Celebrity Chef Line Up at The Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Don’t miss the Cookery Theatre supported by Stoves located in The Town Hall. Your chance to watch our guests cooking up their delicious dishes.  Limited tickets for each session make sure you book in advance. 

Over 150 of the region’s fabulous food and drink producers will join us to offer a delicious selection for you to try and buy. Street food traders and artisan food producers showing off their delicious food, award winning produce and extensive range of food and drink. The food festival has a wide range of tempting street food and bars, with choices from around the world! Make sure you are hungry!

Beer, bites and banter. Three things you’ll get when the North East’s craft brewers take you on a journey of beer tastings. Plus chef Ronald Robson will be chatting to guests about the best bites to pair with. 

This interactive beer tasting combines brewers’ tales, tastings and brings in producers – to showcase you the perfect beer and bites pairing. From golden ales to bolder, bigger flavours, discover which North East craft beers pack a punch with your palate. 

Saturday
1.30pm

Sunday
1.30pm

Located in the Bishop Auckland Town Hall

£12 ticket. 5 beer tastings, plus bites.

Located in the historic market place this open stage has a packed programme over the weekend! FREE to watch, grab some delicious food and drink and pull up a chair

Saturday
10.15am / 3.15pm – Crabstock
11.15am / 1.15pm – Savour Magazine Presents
12.15pm / 2.15pm – Briony May

Sunday
10.15am / 3.15pm – Crabstock
11.15am / 1.15pm – Savour Magazine Presents
12.15pm / 2.15pm – Kenny Tutt

The Crabstock boys join us both Saturday and Sunday at The Market Place Stage. Adrian and Andy will take to the stage to share fabulous simple seafood dishes with Great British shellfish. With years of experience as fishermen and a passion for seafood Crabstock will be highlighting local shellfish and tasty recipes.

Saturday 
10.15am / 3.15pm – The Market Place Stage

Sunday
10.15am / 3.15pm – The Market Place Stage

Savour The go-to food drink and travel magazine will be live at this year’s Festival. Join us and four of the North East’s top chefs, including Gareth Rayner as they do live cookery demonstrations. Head Chef Gareth Rayner, of FORGE – the new restaurant on the Middleton Lodge Estate, North Yorkshire – will be talking about his seasonal tasting menu. He’ll also be giving his top tips.

Saturday 
11.15am / 1.15pm – The Market Place Stage

Sunday 
11.15am / 1.15pm – The Market Place Stage

Get ready for this year’s Gin School as it takes a new twist: GINGO.
Get your eyes down and glasses at the ready – because we’re going to take you on a GINspirational journey while playing a quintessential British past time: bingo. So get in the Tom Mix and bring your ladies Legs Eleven – this game may be Unlucky For Some but for Lucky Number 7s there’ll be top gin prizes to be won.

Saturday
12noon & 3pm

Sunday

12noon & 3pm

Located in the Gallery – Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Tickets are £12 each and included G&Ts

Little Dots Dishes help to encourage healthy food choices for children. Building and developing practical skills through fun (and age appropriate) cookery sessions will help develop a passion for real cooking.” Kids will make their dishes taking 30 to 45 minutes. – Popping back to collect their baked goods.

Age for the sessions 3 years to 12 years.
Saturday 
10.15am/ 12.30pm / 3.15pm – Making Banana Flapjack
11.30am / 2pm – Making Blueberry Muffins

Sunday 
10.15am & 12.30pm – Making banana Flapjack
11.30am & 2pm – Making Blueberry Muffins

Tickets are £6.50 per child per session. – 10 tickets per session.

Activity is in the Little Dot Dishes Marquee located in the new car park

Stefan joins us at Bishop Auckland his fantastic sessions! Suitable for the whole famile Stefan uses science, experiments explosions From delicious dishes to the science behind what happens next, with the CBBC Gastronuts and Incredible Edibles presenter. Known for his love of extraordinary culinary adventures, Stefan has written and presented numerous food science television programmes. He will take kids on a journey through the human digestive system, complete with fascinating facts and explosive experiments. Stefan, who has written six books including Fartology: The Extraordinary Science Behind the Humble Fart, is sure to be a big hit with younger audiences but grown-ups can join in the fun too.

He will be delivering sessions on the Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm in a dedicated Marquee in the New Bond Gate Car park.

Tickets Just £3 – Don’t miss it!! 

Bake Off star Briony May to showcase favorite recipes One of the Great British Bake Off’s most popular contestants is set to inspire visitors, reaching the semi-finals of the Channel 4 baking competition last year, with her warmth, humour, resilience and ingenuity making her a firm favorite among the show’s millions of viewers. See her on Saturday 13th April at The Market Place Stage.

Saturday 
12.15pm / 2.15pm – The Market Place Stage

We are delighted to have Book Signing back in Bishop Auckland – Supported by Book People Book People are looking forward to being back in Bishop Auckland in 2019! Bringing you all the best top selling titles at 50 % to 75 % off RRP. Come and see us and take advantage of the fantastic Book Signing sessions on offer.

Saturday 
12.15pm – Stefan Gates
1.30pm – Briony May
2pm – Angellica Bell
2.45pm – Kenny Tutt

Sunday
11.30am – Kenny Tutt
12.15pm – Stefan Gates
1pm – Gregg Wallace
2pm – Jennie McAlpine

The-Auckland-Project

Festival goers can find out how to get involved in Bishop Auckland’s new Incredible Edible initiative by visiting The Auckland Project’s stand. Friendly staff will be on hand all weekend to share tips and advice about growing and cooking ingredients from scratch and reducing food waste. You can get hands on brewing your own herbal teas or planting seeds, which you can take home along with a recipe card to cook up a delicious recipe.

Don’t leave without enjoying the views from Auckland Tower, visit the new Norman Cornish exhibition at the Mining Art Gallery and pick up a gift from the craft fair at No.42.

What's On - Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2018 - Live Music

Watch out for the live music around the Festival showcasing new talent

northumberland Water

We’re delighted to return to this year’s festival to spread the word about Refill, a national initiative to encourage people to use refillable water bottles and drink our lovely tap water.

Our team will be there throughout the festival to show you how to get involved in the Refill Revolution, how to use the app and where to find your nearest Refill stations. Our wonderful tap water bar will also be located next to Flo, our engagement vehicle, so feel free to pop by and Refill your water bottle while chatting to the team.

Refill’s aim is to encourage people to drink more tap water and to help stop plastic pollution at source by reducing the number of single-use bottles people use for drinking water when out and about. The scheme is creating a national network of cafes, shops, hotels and other businesses that will refill your reusable water bottle for free – saving you from buying a single use plastic bottle every time you need a drink and making it as easy, cheap and convenient as possible.

We were one of the first water companies to sign up and launched Refill in the North East in December 2017. We now have 700 Refill stations across the region, making it even easier to stay hydrated on the go. With water points located across the festival and 19 Refill stations in Bishop Auckland, you’ve got plenty of choice to fill up wherever and whenever you need to.

Our team will also be there to talk about any queries you may have about your water and wastewater services, including how you may be able to save money and use water wisely.

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We will be challenging your mind as well as your Physical skills with sensory and  mindfulness activities and functional gym challenges. Come along and join us to find out more information of what is currently going on across the Culture and Sport Service in County Durham . Ask the team about offers and advice on what little things you can do to make a big impact on your overall Mental Health and Wellbeing.