A gastronomical menu of delights at Durham Food Festival

The Mayor and Mayoress of Durham, Les and Lucille Thomson help Richard MedjKane with his Paella at the official opening of the 4 day food festival in Durham.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Durham, Les and Lucille Thomson help Richard MedjKane with his Paella at the official opening of the 4 day food festival in Durham.

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HUNGRY visitors will tuck into some tasty treats at a celebration of the best of the region’s produce.

Durham City Food Festival is taking place this weekend and serving up a packed programme of activities, including demonstrations from TV chefs.

A gourmet food marquee will be open to foodies on Palace Green today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm and feature more than 75 stalls run by independent retailers and demonstrations by chefs.

Among the guests to appear tomorrow will be Edd Kimber, who won last year’s Great British Bake Off, and Dan Lepard, who will introduce their new books and show the crowds how to turn out perfect recipe results.

Masterchef finalist Dave Coulson, who works at Castle Eden Inn, will show off his skills today, and Ali Hussain from Cafe Bangla in East Boldon will make an appearance tomorrow as part of the programme.

City restaurant owner and chef Bill Oldfield was set to launch the demonstrations this morning.

“The Durham City Food Festival is a wonderful addition to the city’s calendar,” he said. “I’m very pleased to be a part of it.

“The North East is home to many fantastic local food producers, something which we at Oldfield’s Restaurant are keen to champion.

“This event is a brilliant way of bringing local producers to the fore, giving them a unique chance to widen their customer base and connect with the public direct.”

A poetry takeaway van will offer made-to-order rhymes and prose to customers visiting the marquee, with New Writing North to host poetry and literature readings from authors at the tent’s Book Cafe.

Other activities on Palace Green throughout the weekend, which coincides with the city’s Book Festival, will include tile decorating, face painting, juggling, falconry display, tours of the castle and live music performances.

The event has been organised by Durham Indoor Market Company and Durham University.

Entrance to the marquee costs £2.50 per adult. Accompanied children under-16 can attend for free. Further details about the celebration can be found at www.durhamfoodfestival.com.

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