A brand-new food festival on the Durham coast has already secured two top names from the world of food and drink.

The celebrity chefs John Torode and Phil Vickery will be appearing at the Seaham Food Festival, which will take place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.

The festival – which is free – promises its visitors “fresh fare, fine flavours and exciting culinary experiences.”

100 traders and producers will be selling food and drink from across the globe. There will also be free demonstrations at an open-air ‘Cookery Theatre’ on Seaham Green.

The Seaham Food Festival will be the largest event of its type that the town has ever hosted. It is hoped it will bring similar benefits to those brought to Bishop Auckland by its famous food festival.

John Torode has presented MasterChef and John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen. John has also travelled the world for the BBC and UKTV, seeking out vibrant dishes and mouth-watering ingredients.

Australian-born John is credited with helping to introduce Australasian food to the UK in the 1990s. At Seaham, John will be sharing tips and cooking up some of his favourite recipes at the Cookery Theatre on Saturday 8th June.

John said, “I am really excited to be heading up to the north-east coast for the Seaham Food Festival.”

“It’s been a long time since I visited the area and I can’t wait to see what the shores of Seaham have to offer.”

“Come and say hello – I look forward to meeting the locals.”

Phil Vickery – who has appeared on programmes such as This Morning and Ready Steady Cook – will be giving a demonstration at the Cookery Theatre on the Sunday.

Phil’s latest TV show – Save Money: Good Diet – will start in June on ITV. A book of the same name – containing 100 new recipes – is set to come out on 30th May. Phil’s healthy and tasty approach to cooking went down well at the Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

Phil Vickery
Phil Vickery

Other star names confirmed for Seaham include the award-winning chef, TV presenter and local food advocate Rachel Green, and seafood experts The Crabstock Boys.

The festival will also feature live music, kids’ activities and workshops, including a healthy baking workshop with Little Dots Dishes.

Entry to the festival and the Cookery Theatre is free, but there will be a small charge for the workshops. Advanced booking is advised and more details will be available shortly.

To learn more about the Seaham Food Festival, please go to https://www.seahamfoodfestival.co.uk/.

You can also keep up-to-date with news about the festival by following @SeahamFoodFest on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

(The article’s main image shows John Torode.)

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