Seaham Food Festival 2022: Crowds descend on County Durham

The Seaham Food Festival kicked off today (Saturday August 6) with thousands of foodies descending on the County Durham coast to get a taste of the event.

Aromas of food from around the world filled the air of the festival with over 100 stalls showcasing the region’s finest produce.

There were also live music performances and demonstrations from famous faces, including TV stars MasterChef and Great British Bake Off, and local culinary talent.

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The two-day event returned to County Durham for the first time since all covid restrictions were eased, and visitors arrived in their thousands to sample the food on offer.

The fine weather greeted those who showed up for the free event as queues formed at stalls early in the morning.

MasterChef 2022 star Pookie Tredell kicked off the day’s cooking demonstrations with sophisticated molecular gastronomy.

MasterChef Pookies. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

She later told The Northern Echo: “It’s my first time to the North East and I’ll definitely be back. I’m so happy to have had such overwhelming support from the people of Seaham .

“I’m going to go around all the stands – I want to see everything!

“It’s such a big change from MasterChef but I’m having fun, it’s something I love and enjoy doing.”

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Throughout the day, other famous faces took to the stage, including Eat Well For Less presenter Chris Bevan, Great British Bake Off: The Professionals judge Cherish Finden and local chefs Ryan.

Echo of the North: Chris Bavin.  Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

Chris Bavin. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

As well as watching the cooking demonstrations, visitors indulged in the food on offer, including flavors from around the world, pastries and cocktails with stalls selling everything from gourmet hot dogs to Armenian street food and Greek gyros.

Speaking at the start of the event, Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for the economy and partnerships, told The Echo: “We expect several thousand people to come this week-end. It’s great to see everyone here having fun.

The Northern Echo: Crowds watching the cooking shows.  Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

Crowds watching the cooking shows. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

“It’s completely free and there’s plenty of entertainment for everyone, including kids.”

“I think recovering these events after covid is extremely important. One of the things that suffered the most was people’s emotional and mental well-being, so getting out and walking around on a nice day and having something like that to enjoy is fabulous for everyone.

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The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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L'Écho du Nord: A bakery stall.  Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

A bakery stand. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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The Northern Echo: Chris Bavin and Pookie on stage.  Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

Chris Bavin and Pookie on stage. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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The Northern Echo: A performance by The Rascally Diner at the Amphitheater.  Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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A performance by The Rascally Diner at the Amphitheater. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

The Northern Echo: Great British Bake Off: Professionals judge Cherish.  Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

Great British Bake Off: Professionals judge Cherish. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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The Northern Echo: offers Turkish dishes.  Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

Turkish cuisine offered. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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The Northern Echo: Cherish interacts with the crowd.  Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

Cherish interact with the crowd. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

The Echo of the North: Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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The Echo of the North: street artists Baque de Odum.  Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

Street performers Baque de Odum. Photo: CHRIS BOOTH

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