Cake adorning and pasta making lessons on the menu at Bishop Auckland Meals Competition

Pasta making, creating “phantasm” muffins, and chopping greens like a professional are simply among the expertise individuals can study at this yr’s Bishop Auckland Meals Competition.

The vastly common pageant, run by Durham County Council, returns to the city on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April.

And sizzling on the heels of final week’s movie star cooks announcement, organisers have revealed particulars of a sequence of ticketed workshops aimed toward kids and adults.

The youngsters’ cookery workshops will likely be led by Twiddle Meals proprietor, Viki Garbett, who grew up in Hungary and likes so as to add a Hungarian twist to her recipes.

Appropriate for 5 to 12-year-olds, the 45-minute periods will happen at Bishop Auckland City Corridor on each the Saturday and Sunday.

First up on every day is Hungarian chocolate biscuit roll making at 10.30am, adopted by gnocchi making at 12.00pm – gnocchi are little Italian potato dumplings – and vibrant pasta making at 1.30pm.

Tickets are priced £4 per youngster and should be booked upfront from the Bishop Auckland Meals Competition web site at

For these aged 16 plus there’s a trio of ‘have a go’ workshops run by skilled Bishop Auckland School chef lecturers, Richard Vart and Elizabeth MacIntyre.

These workshops additionally happen in Bishop Auckland City Corridor on each the Saturday and Sunday.

The ‘Chef’s knife expertise’ workshops will train individuals the skilled strategy to cube, chop and put together root greens and naturally, the basic onion.

They happen from 10.30am to 11.30am on Saturday 22 April and from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Sunday 23 April.

The ‘Flower-pot cupcake’ workshops are on from 12.00pm to 1pm on each days and people attending will discover ways to create and embellish muffins utilizing the artwork of sugar craft.

Lastly, the ‘Phantasm cake making’ workshops are all about studying learn how to color and form sugar-paste to create a cupcake that doesn’t appear to be a cupcake. Actually, it seems like a cheeseburger!

These workshops run from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Saturday 22 April and from 10.30am to 11.30am on Sunday 23 April.

Tickets for the workshops are priced £5 per particular person and should be booked upfront from:

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cupboard member for financial system and partnerships, mentioned: “One of many many nice issues in regards to the pageant is that it offers alternatives like this for individuals to participate in workshops, study new expertise, and to interact with cooking in new and thrilling methods.

“That’s alongside the superb checklist of movie star cooks we’ve bought on the pageant this yr. For anybody who’s missed that we’ve bought Phil Vickery, Rachel Allen, Kenny Tutt and Bake Off stars Sandro Farmhouse and Janusz Domagala all becoming a member of us. If that wasn’t sufficient, we’ll even have stalls from the area’s finest food and drinks producers, serving all the pieces from burgers and brownies to churros and cheese, with vegan and gluten-free choices too. It gained’t be lengthy earlier than we announce full particulars of who’ll be there and what the leisure programme has in retailer for us.

“All of the elements are coming collectively very properly and pageant weekend is shaping as much as be an actual deal with for everyone.”

Bishop Auckland Meals Competition is simply one of many many cultural occasions happening in County Durham this yr, cementing Durham’s place because the ‘tradition county’ and demonstrating the council’s ongoing dedication to cultural-led regeneration.

This consists of delivering key initiatives inside County Durham’s shortlisted UK Metropolis of Tradition bid; progressing main capital initiatives and elevating the county’s profile as a unbelievable place to dwell, work, go to and make investments.

Bishop Auckland Meals Competition is supported by Bishop Auckland City Council and Durham County Council’s Cities & Villages programme.

To maintain up to date on all the newest Bishop Auckland Meals Competition information go to the occasion’s web site and comply with its social media channels.