Coronation Street actress and MasterChef champion head to food festival

Actress Jennie McAlpine and BBC MasterChef Champion 2018 Kenny Tutt will demonstrate their favourite recipes at one of the region’s most popular food festivals.

Best known for playing the much-loved character Fiz in Coronation Street, Jennie will swap the cobbled streets of Manchester for the North East when Bishop Auckland Food Festival returns on Saturday, 13 April and Sunday, 14 April.

As well as being an award-winning actress, Jennie and her husband Chris run the successful Annies restaurant in Manchester, which offers a classic British menu in stylish surroundings.

Jennie, who regularly shares her favourite homemade comfort foods on ITV’s Lorraine, will demonstrate a selection of delicious dishes at the Durham County Council festival on the Sunday at 12.30pm and 3.15pm. Tickets cost £5. VIP passes including priority seating and a meet and greet opportunity are also available for the 12.30pm session priced at £10.

Jennie said: “I can’t wait to join the lovely folk in the North East for some foodie fun. I look forward to sharing some of my favourite recipes with you.”

Earlier this month, it was announced that BBC MasterChef co-presenter Gregg Wallace would be headlining the festival, and now visitors can also watch last year’s champion Kenny in action.

The father-of-two won over viewers with his kind nature and passion for food, and millions were amazed by the ‘make-my-heart-thump fantastic’ dishes he created in the final.

Since winning TV’s toughest cookery competition, the father-of-two has appeared at food festivals across the country, as well as getting ready to open his first restaurant PITCH in May.  He is set to inspire crowds in Bishop Auckland on the Saturday at 11am and 1.45pm. Tickets cost £5.

Kenny said: “I can’t wait to visit Bishop Auckland for the first time and get on stage to show off a couple of my favourite dishes. I’m also looking forward to trying some of the local produce too.”

Other celebrity cooks appearing at the event include Angellica Bell and Stefan Gates, with more special guests, workshops and foodie treats to be revealed over the next few weeks.

Last year, the free festival attracted 27,000 people to Bishop Auckland, resulting in record sales for traders and boosting the local economy by more than £530,000.

This year, festival-goers can look forward to even more choice, with more than 150 traders preparing to serve up the finest local produce and tempting dishes from across the globe.

Children’s entertainment and live music, meanwhile, will add to the family friendly feel of the event.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival is part of #Durham19, a year-long campaign led by Visit County Durham, the council and other partners to celebrate the many cultural events taking place across the county this year.

To book tickets to see Jennie, Kenny, Angellica, Stefan and Gregg and to find out more about the event visit www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk, like the Bishop Auckland Food Festival Facebook page or follow @bishfoodfest on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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