Businesses backing new food festival

Companies across Seaham have thrown their support behind the town’s new food festival, which is set to attract thousands of punters this weekend.

Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 1:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 2:45 pm
John Carlo Arrojo, head chef at Seaham Hall's Ozone restaurant.

Seaham Food Festival will serve up more than 100 food and drink stalls, cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs and a mixture of workshops, children’s activities and live music by the seafront on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.

The free event, organised by Durham County Council, has been embraced by businesses across the town including five-star spa and hotel Seaham Hall.

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The chef, known as JC, said: “It’s going to give Seaham a real boost. We know what a rich area this is for foodies, but others need to know, and this will spread the word.”

He added: “I love that the festival has such an international flavour, with regional street food not just from the North East but from across the globe.”

The cookery theatre, located on Terrace Green on the seafront, will also host demonstrations from Masterchef co-host John Torode on the Saturday and This Morning’s Phil Vickery on the Sunday.

Chef, author, television presenter, Seafish Ambassador and food campaigner Rachel Green will also take to the stage on Saturday, while The Crabstock Boys will prepare simple dishes using local shellfish on both days.

He said: “This is the largest event of its kind to ever be held in Seaham and the more I learn about the festival, the more convinced I am that this is a great event for the town.”

Other Seaham-based business that have embraced the event include The Lamp Room coffee house and bistro, which will be cooking up fresh seafood dishes from a stand at the festival and Seaham Harbour Marina.