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Thousands of people attended this year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival over the weekend.
The event aims to boost tourism and the economy in County Durham. Organisers were hoping for crowds of thirty thousand. Suppliers and producers from across the North were involved.
Food producers and stallholders from across the North East and Cumbria are taking part in this wekend's Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Simon Lacey, a cheese-maker from Richmond in North Yorkshire, says the event is the highlight of the year:
The Bishop Auckland Food Festival generated £300,000 last year but organisers are hoping to beat that this year.
For the first time, the food, beer and wine festival is being staged over two days.
Kate James, Festivals manager for Visit County Durham, has spoken to ITV News Tyne Tees about what it means for the area:
Thousands of people are expected at the Bishop Auckland Food Festival this weekend.
Organisers are staging the event over two days and hope it will attract up to 30,000 visitors.
Food producers from across the North of England are taking part. Visit County Durham says it is a huge boost for the area's economy.