A series of foodie – and boozy – workshops will be on offer this spring at a popular County Durham food festival.

The fun is set to include games of bingo with an alcoholic twist and expert guidance on the best snacks to pair with your pint.

The workshops will be held at the Bishop Auckland Food Festival, which will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April.

Beer and Bites will be an interactive session that will combine anecdotes from the brewing business with the opportunity to sample quality ales and locally produced nibbles.

Beer and Bites will be held at 1.30 pm on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Tickets cost £12, a price which includes the beer tastings and snacks.

The popular Gin School workshop will be returning to the festival this year – with an activity that will transform the quintessentially British game of bingo into ‘gingo’.

Gingo sessions will be held at 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm on both the Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost £12.00 and this price includes gin and tonic combinations and a game of bingo, with the chance to win great prizes.

The Bishop Auckland Food Festival will also feature 150 traders and celebrity chefs, such as MasterChef co-host Gregg Wallace. The festival will be staged at various venues around the attractive and historic market town and will boast an action-packed programme of foodie fun.

Some of the celebrities set to appear include BBC MasterChef’s reigning champion Kenny Tutt, Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Briony May Williams, actress and restauranteur Jennie McAlpine, and TV presenters Angellica Bell and Stefan Gates.

Entry to the festival will be free and there will be live music and kids’ entertainment. Last year’s festival gave the local economy a boost of over £530,000, with many local traders enjoying record sales.

The producer of the Bishop Auckland Food Festival, Bev Channell, said, “We are so excited to bring Gingo and Beer and Bites to Bishop Auckland.”

“Our workshops provide an opportunity for people with a shared passion for food and drink to get together and try new things.”

“We will be announcing more classes and activities over the next few weeks so keep checking our website and social media feeds for the latest festival news.”

Bishop Auckland Food Festival is part of #Durham19, a year-long programme – led by Durham County Council, Visit Durham and other partners – promoting cultural and sporting events across the county.

To learn more about the Bishop Auckland Food Festival – and to book tickets for workshops and demonstrations – please go to https://www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk/.

You can keep up-to-date with news about the festival on Twitter and Instagram by following @bishfoodfest or by following the festival’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bishfoodfest/.

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