A County Durham food festival – which ran for the first time in 2019 – will be returning next summer.

Seaham Food Festival will be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020.

The festival will boast over 100 stalls selling street food from around the world and fantastic local produce, all against the backdrop of County Durham’s Heritage Coast.

The Seaham Food Festival will – as it did this summer – also feature household-name celebrity chefs, open-air cookery theatre, culinary workshops and live music.

Pitches for traders are available now. Anyone interested in renting one is advised to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

This year’s festival was, unfortunately, hit by bad weather on the first day. Torrential rain and high winds meant the whole of the event on the Saturday had to be cancelled.

The Sunday, however, saw 15,000 people visiting the festival, enjoying blue skies and warm temperatures.

Many stallholders managed to shift two days’ worth of produce in one day and some sold out completely. Local businesses also reported an exceptionally good day of trading.

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery, meanwhile, drew massive crowds to his seafood cookery demonstrations.

It is hoped that next year’s festival will tempt even more visitors to Seaham and result in an even bigger boost for the local economy. The 2020 Seaham Food Festival is also expected to enhance County Durham’s reputation as a culinary hotspot.

Durham County Council’s cabinet member for transformation, culture and tourism, Cllr Joy Allen, said, “I’m delighted that Seaham Food Festival is returning in 2020. This year, the event attracted thousands of people of all ages to Seaham, boosting the takings of traders and town centre businesses alike.”

“Tourism and the food industry are so important to our economy and events like Seaham Food Festival ensure our region is well and truly on the culinary map.”

“The festival also showcases our wonderful Heritage Coast to a wider audience, encouraging people to visit throughout the year, stay overnight and explore the other attractions the area has to offer.”

The full line-up of events and celebrity chefs for next year’s Seaham Food Festival will be announced in 2020.

You can keep up-to-date with news about the festival by visiting https://www.seahamfoodfestival.co.uk/.

You can also follow @SeahamFoodFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Traders interested in renting a pitch at the festival should go to https://www.seahamfoodfestival.co.uk/exhibitors-2/.

(The featured image is from the first ever Seaham Food Festival, which was held this summer.)

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