Durham County Council have opened food trader applications for one of the region's largest food festivals that is set to return in Spring 2024.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival will treat the town with a weekend of food, fun and family activities on Saturday 20 and Sunday, April 21 next year - and trader applications are open now.

Each year the festival attracts over 120 independent traders, with many from the region selling a variety of tantalising bakes and cakes as well as breweries and distilleries providing local drinks.

The Northern Echo: Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023.Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023. (Image: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL)

Whether you're selling scotch eggs or sizzling sausages, fudge or fruit cocktails or cheese and chutney, the festival, which attracted 28,000 people this year, is open to applications for traders selling a wide variety of mouth-watering goods. 

Businesses have until January 12 to complete their application, and those who have secured a place will be notified shortly after.

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.”

Almost 140 stalls lined the streets for 2023's festival, which saw thousands flock to the town as well as hosting live performances from top chefs.

The Northern Echo: Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023.Bishop Auckland Food Festival 2023.

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The Mayor of Bishop Auckland, councillor Michael Siddle, said in April: “It’s always a wonderful weekend, with traders from near and far, vibrant and unique street entertainment, and cookery demonstrations from famous faces.

“The air is filled with delightful smells, and the sound of chatter and laughter as people gather to reminisce with old friends they may meet, or the new ones they make.

“The festival really does have all the perfect ingredients!”