Seaham Food Festival guide with featured guests, schedules, entertainment and travel tips


The stage is set, preparations are speeding up and fingers crossed for the weather as the Seaham Food Festival gears up for its weekend launch.

The highly anticipated event will bring a host of delicacies to the city’s waterfront starting on Saturday, including street food stalls and live cooking demonstrations by star TV chefs including Rosemary Shrager.

Culinary favorite, haute cuisine expert and former I’m A Celebrity competitor will be in action in an outdoor kitchen on Saturday morning at 11:50 a.m. and then at 2:00 p.m., while before that the spotlight will be on some home-made talent.

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Mike Bartley, recent Masterchef semi-finalist, from Bishop Auckland, will show off his own cooking skills at 10:15 am and 2:45 pm, with a double date to follow on the second day of the festival as well.

Mike Bartley, 2021 Masterchef semi-finalist of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, will welcome visitors to the Seaham Food Festival

Other attractions for families getting ready to descend on Seaham include appearances from former Bake Off contestants; a showcase of food and drinks from local producers; live music and a range of entertainment – all set to boost the local economy.

The festival, hosted by Durham County Council, is one of many upcoming events aimed at showcasing the county’s cultural side as it strives to become the 2025 UK City of Culture.

The weather forecast for the two-day food festival currently calls for a possible thunderstorm around 4 p.m. Saturday (which can change in the blink of an eye, so keep an eye out for updates) but nothing is likely to dampen family morale. keen not to miss again following the cancellation of the festival last year due to the pandemic.

In light of its popularity, the council has issued travel tips for families. Here’s everything visitors need to know to plan a visit to the Seaham Food Festival this weekend.

Seaham Food Festival Guide

When and where?

The free food festival will take place this Saturday August 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday August 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the seafront of Seaham.

What is it about?

Food in its own right! It will showcase the best of what local food and beverage producers have to offer. Expect a hundred merchant stalls to whet your appetite.

And there really will be something for everyone, with traders like the Northumberland Sausage Company; Southern Durham Honey; Brasserie Vaux – whose name has recently made a comeback in Sunderland; Bishop Auckland’s Hedgehog Bakery; Geordie Banger Co; Hexham’s Durham and Fire & Dough Distillery.

Also among the street food are the Lebanese Street Food Truck, Hatch 76, Armenian Kitchen and Churros Barcelona.

To see here for the full list of those who will be there.

What else is on offer?

Live cooking events, music, street theater and children’s entertainment. Learn more about all of this below.

Who are the featured guests and what are they doing?

A host of familiar TV faces will perform in an outdoor cooking theater on the putting green. Here are the times to note.


Rosemary Shrager – 11:50 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The chef to the TV stars said she was thrilled to be a part of the event, adding: “It’s been such a tough year for everyone so I can’t wait to visit Seaham Food Festival and take part in cooking demonstrations. with visitors.

“It’s also very exciting to see what local traders and producers have to offer and to enjoy fresh food and fine flavors from everywhere.”

Popular Chef Rosemary Shrager will give cooking demonstrations and welcome visitors to the Seaham Food Festival
Popular Chef Rosemary Shrager will give cooking demonstrations and welcome visitors to the Seaham Food Festival

Mike Bartley – 10:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

The local talent, who says he was inspired to participate in this year’s Masterchef after a visit to the nearby Bishop Auckland Food Festival, says it is “a real honor” to participate in the festival and hopes it inspires more. future leaders.

John white – 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

The television chef, author and presenter won the third series of The Great British Bake Off, now runs his own cooking school and appears regularly on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch.

Briony May Williams – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The 2018 Great British Bake Off favorite is well known for her TV appearances and has joined C4’s Food Unwrapped presentation team.


Karen wright – 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Another hit from the Great British Bake Off of 2018, Karen now participates in food festivals across the country and teaches as part of her Bake with a Legend lineup.

Maunika Gowardhan – 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Newcastle-based TV chef and food writer Maunika writes regularly for magazines including BBC Good Food and was editor-in-chief of Vogue India.

Chris Baber – 11:50 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The self-taught TV chef, who won the BBC’s 2016 Yes Chef competition, will share his passion for improving everyone’s ability to cook from scratch.

Mike Bartley – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Bishop Auckland-born talent will return to the festival for a second double stint.

Chris Bavin – plus the familiar TV face of Eat Well for Less? – who will join Mary Berry as co-judge of her new BBC Britain’s Best Home Cook series – will bring action to the Cookery Theater on both days of the festival.

Weekend entertainment

Here is what will be offered in the Family Entertainment space this weekend:



Spark! – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Easington Brass Band – 4 p.m.

Open air theater

Do what Yah Mama told you! – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Billy shakes Wonder Boy – 1 p.m.


Bell & Bullock – 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Les Oiseaux de Lux – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Arts and Crafts

Barn arts: wicker sailboats – 10.30am-4.30pm

Creative Pop: Origami Birds – 10:30 am-4:30pm



Easington Brass Band – 12 p.m.

Hannabiell & Midnight Blue – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Open air theater

Billy Shakes Wonder Boy – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hero & Leander – 3 p.m.


Bell & Bullock – 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Les Oiseaux de Lux – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Arts and Crafts

Barn arts: wicker sailboats – 10.30am-4.30pm

Creative Pop: Origami Birds – 10:30 am-4:30pm

How to get there

Visitors are advised to plan their trip in advance.

An accessible park-and-ride service will operate between Spectrum Business Park (SR7 7TT) in Seaham and the city center, with additional buses to help avoid overcrowding.

Buses will run from 9:30 am on both days, using the same drop-off and pick-up points from the festival site. The last return bus will run at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Round-trip tickets will cost £ 2 for adults, 50p for children aged 5-15, and are free for children under five.

Downtown parking lots will be open but may be occupied and drivers are advised to note that North Terrace will be closed from 5 p.m. on Friday August 6 until 9 p.m. on Sunday August 8, during which time detours will be in place.

Parking around the green on the north terrace will also be suspended from 1:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Councilor Elizabeth Scott said: “We would encourage people to plan their trips in advance and use public transit or our park-and-ride service whenever possible.

“This will help minimize delays and allow you to enjoy the festival even longer.”

Additional Information

Covid’s safety is still a priority despite the lifting of restrictions and the festival – which in 2019 drew more than 15,000 visitors – has expanded its site this year to help with social distancing.

Lateral flow testing is recommended before participating and visitors are encouraged to use the voluntary QR code upon entry. They are also required to wear masks and hand disinfection units will be at all points of entry.

There will be portable toilets throughout the festival site.

Dogs on a leash are welcome.

For more information on the festival see here.

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