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Get on down to Bishop Auckland this April to see food, put it in your face, see drinks, put them in your face, see people off the telly and … well, if you ask nicely, who knows where the day might go?

Matt Pritchard, off the telly, had a show called Dirty Vegan in 2018, and will punt his vegan cuisine books, Dirty Vegan and Dirty Vegan: Another Bite, at Bishop Auckland Food Festival, a free Durham County Council event on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April, in the festival’s free cookery marquee on the Sunday.

Matt Pritchard said: “I’m totally fired up to be taking part in the Bishop Auckland Food Festival, to share my passion for amazing plant-based food that tastes fantastic… I can’t wait to share my story, meet as many vegan or vegan-curious people in County Durham as possible, and show how incredible this nourishing and energising food is to everyone.”

As well as serving up inspiration from Matt and other famous faces including MasterChef’s John Torode, Bishop Auckland’s historic Market Place will be bustling with more than 150 food and drinks traders.

This includes those catering for vegan customers; from mouth-watering street food courtesy of The Filthy Vegan and Goodtimes Tacos, to tempting sweet and savoury treats baked with love by The Green Guerrilla in Darlington.

Newcastle-based Baked for the Soul will be selling a variety of vegan and gluten free goodies, including indulgent chocolate brownies, carrot cakes and rocky road.

The Russian Food Company, meanwhile, will serve up its award-winning vegan pie, packed full of chanterelle and oyster mushrooms.

Those looking to add a kick to their dishes will be spoilt for choice, with vegan and gluten-free chilli sauces, jams and more produced in County Durham by the Screaming Chimp and Wiga Wagaa.

Feeling thirsty? The Barista Sisters boast a selection of plant-based milks to accompany their freshly ground coffee. Sloemotion, meanwhile, will be launching a new range of refreshing spirits called Finders, and the Steam Machine Brewing Company will be selling vegan-friendly lagers, fruit beers and India pale ales.

Cllr Joy Allen said: “Last year, Bishop Auckland Food Festival attracted 29,000 people into the town, boosting the takings of traders and local businesses. The event aims to cater for all tastes, so I am delighted to see see so many traders offering imaginative vegan options this year. Hopefully, this will attract even more visitors and give people the opportunity to try something new.”

To stay up to date with the latest festival news, visit Bishop Auckland Food Festival on Faceberk or follow @bishfoodfest on Twiddler or Instagran.

To find out more about workshops taking place at the festival, including Gin School and Beer and Bites, visit www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk

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