Durham's City Food Festival confirms 100 Stallholders

Over 100 food and drink stallholders are now confirmed to take part in Durham City Food Festival on 27-28 October 2012 in Durham City Centre.

A joint partnership between Durham University and Durham Markets has seen a food festival come together for the second year which brings great food from across the nation, as well as regional specialities to many people from the local area. The event is a celebration of all the food that the UK can produce, and it is also set in one of the U.K.’s most beautiful locations, the  peninsular in Durham, which has recently been declared a world Heritage site by UNESCO.

A large marquee is being assembled on Palace Green, which is set to open on 27 October, and run all day. It is also going to be taking place for a shorter amount of time the following Sunday. 95 producers are going to be at the event, most of them from the local area, and they are going to be displaying a wide range of food which is sure to attract many visitors.

There will also be a quality arts and crafts section within the Marquee featuring unusual gift ideas from local makers and designers.

The world-renowned Michelin-starred chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, will be meeting the public and giving demonstrations in the Marquee on both Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.

Novelli comments: “I am delighted to be associated with Durham City Food Festival 2012. The North East is home to a fantastic wealth and breadth of talented producers and chefs who are passionate about their food. The Festival offers an excellent chance to celebrate the region’s riches and bring local produce to the fore. By including national and international producers as well, it also offers an opportunity to incorporate many other exciting flavours and tastes, beyond the usual British culinary experience.

The Festival is flying the flag for quality and diversity and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Masterclass Demonstrations will take place in the Marquee throughout the weekend by some of the region’s finest chefs.

In association with Durham Book Festival, the Marquee will also feature celebrity book-signings and cookery demonstrations on Saturday 27th October from London-based chocolatier and former student of New College, Durham, Paul A. Young , Scandinavian chef Signe Johansen, and a special food tasting session by renowned UK food journalist  Andrew Webb on Sunday 28th October.

Free tours around Durham University’s historic Castle will be available for Marquee ticket holders, subject to availability. FREE Children’s Entertainment on Palace Green will include children’s Halloween arts and crafts, cake decorating (Saturday 27th October) and chocolate lollipop making on Sunday 28th October (an educational look at chocolate with something to eat at the end!)

Palace Green will also be host to a selection of street food stalls, while in the Market Place,Durham City Continental Market will feature mouth-watering cuisine from across Europe and beyond, lasting from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October. Durham City Farmers’ Market also takes place on Thursday 18th October from 9am to 3:30pm.

For further information, all times and details, please visit www.durhamfoodfestival.com.