The summer holidays mean an exciting array of events and activities across County Durham, all of which are vital to our economic prosperity.

Launched just four years ago, Seaham Food Festival is already a key part of the county’s cultural calendar, bringing thousands of visitors to the seaside town.

And this year’s event, which takes place this weekend (Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August), is set to provide yet another boost for traders as well as local businesses.

Over two days, the town will come to life with all things fun and food, with more than 100 traders selling everything from global dishes, delicious desserts, locally made produce, and refreshing beverages.

There will also be a star-studded line-up of top celebrity chefs giving demonstrations at the festival’s outdoor cookery theatre, hosted by TV presenter Chris Bavin.

The Northern Echo:

Taking to the stage across the weekend will be Jean-Christophe Novelli, Saturday Kitchen presenter Matt Tebbutt, Bake Off: The Professionals judge Cherish Finden and MasterChef finalist Pookie. Sunderland-born chefs Stacie Stewart, from How to Loose Weight Well, and Ryan Riley, founder of Life Kitchen, will also be showing off their culinary skills.

The cookery theatre will also feature a demonstration from Seaham Hall chef Kyle Greenwood, crowned North East Chef of the Year 2022, who will be showcasing the best of regional produce with a set menu.

As well as a selection of food to entice people’s tastebuds, there will be a host of fun activities and entertainment all along the coast, with music, street entertainment and outdoor family theatre, as well as sports and craft activities.

The festival is just one of the many cultural events and activities taking place in County Durham this year, demonstrating the council’s ongoing commitment to cultural-led regeneration.

This includes delivering key projects within the county’s shortlisted UK City of Culture bid and raising the county’s profile as a fantastic place to live, work, visit and invest.

It also includes progressing major capital projects, such as the redevelopment of the former DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery into a stunning new creative centre showcasing national and international contemporary art alongside collections that celebrate the county’s heritage.

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