Seaham Food Festival promises to bring some big flavours and big celebrity names to the Durham coastline. Here's what you need to know about the event including the dates, times of what's on and ticket prices.

Seaham Food Festival takes place for the first time this weekend, and follows on from the success of the annual Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

When is Seaham Food Festival?

Seaham Food Festival dates are Saturday and Sunday June 8 and 9 2019. It just takes place over the weekend, so tickets for the most popular events are bound to go quickly.

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And what are the opening times for each day?

Seaham Food Festival will run 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and 10am to 4pm on the Sunday.

What's happening at Seaham Food Festival 2019?

One of the main attractions will be the host of 100 food stalls in Seaham to browse around. These will be selling street food, cocktails and treats, and there'll be bars too.

For some added glitz there'll be some celebrity chefs heading to Seaham Food Festival (see below), who'll be putting on cookery demonstrations and talks.

If you prefer getting your hands dirty, there'll also be cookery workshops. The cookery theatre will be located on Terrace Green on the seafront.

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Who are the Seaham Food Festival celebrity chefs for 2019?

The main two celebrity chefs attending Seaham Food Festival will be Phil Vickery - a regular on This Morning and Ready Steady Cook - and John Torode, famous as a judge on Masterchef.

It's free to watch their cookery demonstrations: John Torode will be on at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday, and Phil Vickery at 11.30am and 1.30pm on Sunday.

There will be also be several other guest chefs - you can read the full lineup in our Seaham Food Festival celebrity chefs story.

There will also be live music and children's activities, including healthy baking workshops with Little Dots Dishes.

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What are the Seaham Food Festival highlights?

Aside from the celebrity chefs, there's Seaham Hall Five Star Cookery Theatre, where JC, head chef at Seaham Hall's Ozone Restaurant, will create dishes to try including surf and turf Teriyaki and lobster in tamarind sauce mango salad.

Little Dot's Kitchen has 30-45 minute sessions with the aim of helping children to learn about cooking and making healthy food choices. Gingo mixes gin and bingo, and the tickets include a game of bingo, gin and tonic tastings and an interactive talk by gin distillery owners.

There's also Seaham Food Festival live music at the stage in front of the memorial, courtesy of Loud Noises and Jamie Farrell on Saturday, and Dammit Jack and John Adams on Sunday.

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How much do Seaham Food Festival tickets cost?

Entry to Seaham Food Festival and open-air cookery theatre is free, as are the celebrity chef demonstrations. Workshops are ticketed, and advanced booking is recommended.

The Seaham Food Festival Little Dots Kitchen tickets cost £6.50 each from the booking page, while Gingo tickets are £12 each (ticket link).

Gingo Gin School runs at 12pm and 2pm both days, with another session at 3.30pm on Saturday. For Little Dots Kitchen, there are 10 slots for children per session over six sessions - on Saturday and Sunday they run at 10.30am and 2.30pm if they want to make banana flapjacks, and 12.30pm if your children want to try their hand at carrot cake.