Durham gears up for food festival

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FOODIES will be able to feast on the goods of more than 100 stallholders when they set up shop at a festival.

The traders have confirmed they will join in Durham City Food Festival when it launches for the second time on October 27 and 28.

The celebration of food and drink is organised by Durham Markets and Durham University and makes its return following the success of its debut and will showcase regional, national and international food producers in the setting of the city’s peninsula and World Heritage Site.

The Gourmet Food Marquee on Place Green will feature producers from the North of England and Borders of Scotland including craft bakers, speciality meats, homemade pies, fruit preserves, cupcakes and beers.

It will also host an arts and craft section which will include gift ideas from makers and designers based in the region, with street food stalls to be set up outside the tent.

Organisers say the highlight of the event will be an appearance by world-renowned Michelin-starred chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, who will meet guests and lead demonstrations in the tent on both days.

The French chef said: “I am delighted to be associated with Durham City Food Festival.

“The North East is home to a fantastic wealth and breadth of talented producers and chefs who are passionate about their food.

“The festival offers an excellent chance to celebrate the region’s riches and bring local produce to the fore.

“By including national and international producers as well, it also offers an opportunity to incorporate many other exciting flavours and tastes, beyond the usual British culinary experience.

“The festival is flying the flag for quality and diversity and I am proud to be a part of it.”

A host of masterclass demonstrations will take place in the marquee throughout the weekend by some of the region’s chefs, with the tent to welcome visitors from 10am to 4.30pm each day.

In association with Durham Book Festival, the shows will feature celebrity book signings and cookery demonstrations on Saturday from London-based chocolatier and former student of New College, Durham, Paul A Young, and Scandinavian chef Signe Johansen.

A special food tasting session by renowned UK food journalist Andrew Webb will be held on Sunday.

Free tours around the university’s historic castle will be available for marquee ticket holders, subject to availability,

Free children’s entertainment on Palace Green will include Halloween arts and crafts and cake decorating on Saturday and chocolate lollipop making on Sunday.

The Market Place will host a continental market from Thursday to Sunday, with Durham City Farmers’ Market to champion its members’ produce in the run up to the festival this Thursday from 9am to 3.30pm.

More details can be found at www.durhamfoodfestival.com

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