Merchants are warmly welcomed to participate in the renowned Bishop Auckland Food Festival, a beloved culinary event in the North East.

This year, the festival is set to grace the town’s marketplace with its delectable offerings on the weekend of Saturday, April 20th, and Sunday, April 21st, promising a delightful combination of gastronomic delights and entertainment.

Twenty-eight thousand people attended the Durham County Council-run festival this year, enjoying a jam-packed weekend full of food, fun, and entertainment.

Each year the festival attracts over 120 independent traders, with many from the region selling a variety of tantalising bakes and cakes. It also features breweries and distilleries with local drinks, cheeses and chutneys, plus some of the best street food with flavours from around the world.

Applications are now open for 2024 and vendors are being encouraged to express their interest early to ensure they do not miss out.

Traders are asked to include as much information as possible about their business in their application, including the latest news and awards, images of their setup and links to social media.

Businesses have until 12 January to submit their application, with those successfully notified shortly afterwards. 

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “Each year Bishop Food Festival hosts hundreds of the region’s best food businesses, selling everything from sensational street food and delicious desserts to refreshing beverages. 

“The festival is one of the highlights of our events programme, cementing County Durham’s reputation as the culture county, and is a real favourite with residents, visitors and traders. We can’t wait to receive this year’s applications and see what tantalising treats will be on offer in 2024.”

As well as a host of traders offering delicious street food, the Bishop Auckland Food Festival also features a series of cookery demonstrations from a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs, as well as a packed programme of live entertainment and fun family activities. 

Further details of the festival, including celebrity guest announcements, will be released in the new year. 

Traders who wish to be part of the festival can apply online at 

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