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.
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