“The world’s biggest vegan and plant-based chefs” are among the first headliners at this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival in County Durham

Bishop Auckland Food Festival’s Saturday celebrity line up has been revealed with four famous chefs, duo BOSH! Marcus Bean and Dan Hunter.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival, run by Durham County Council had an estimated 28,000 visitors last year and will return to the town on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21.

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The festival boasts a weekend of delicious food and fantastic entertainment, and visitors can hope to see some well-known faces giving cookery demonstrations.

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, known as BOSH! will take to the cookery stage as part of the festival’s Saturday line-up.

From Sheffield, childhood friends Henry and Ian have established BOSH! as the world’s biggest vegan social media brand, with over three million followers and 26 million views a month.

The Northern Echo: Henry Firth (left) and Ian Theasby (right), known as BOSH! head to Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Their six bestselling cookbooks have sold more than a million copies worldwide, with one going on to become the UK’s bestselling vegan cookbook ever.

Henry and Ian have also graced the small screen as stars of ITV’s inaugural vegan cookery series, 'Living on the Veg.' and they will share Saturday’s stage with Marcus Bean, a winner of Channel 4’s Iron Chef.

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After a childhood spent living in pubs around Oxfordshire. self-taught chef Marcus is now a regular host of the super theatre at BBC Good Food shows around the country, working on stage with the likes of James Martin, Paul Hollywood, and Mary Berry.

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Known for co-presenting BBC One’s popular series Eat Well for Less?, and Tomorrow’s Food with Dara O’Brian, Chris Bavin, is also set to return as host.

Sunday’s celebrity guests will be announced soon, along with details of all the food traders, family entertainment, and cookery workshops.

Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, Cllr Elizabeth Scott said: “We’re already counting down to this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

“It’s one of the most popular food festivals in the region, showing off Bishop at its very best and drawing tens of thousands of people into the town.

“The celebrity chefs are always a big attraction and we’ve got another brilliant line-up to look forward to this year.”

Bishop Auckland Food Festival is one of many cultural events taking place in County Durham this year demonstrating the council’s ongoing commitment to culture-led regeneration.

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

Bishop Auckland Food Festival is supported by Bishop Auckland Town Council and Durham County Council’s Towns & Villages programme.

To keep updated on all the latest Bishop Auckland Food Festival news visit the event’s website www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk and follow its social media channels.