Savour the flavours this October as Visit County Durham launches its annual Taste Durham Month – a celebration of the county’s food and drink and the abundance of excellent local produce.
Visitors spend almost half of their money on food and drink when they are here, and research shows they are keen to seek unique experiences in the form of local produce and dishes, something which Visit County Durham aims to capitalise on.
With this in mind, a host of themed dishes are available at restaurants, cafes, hotels and attractions throughout October, showcasing the best local ingredients. All the dishes have a strong Durham connection with an emphasis on the fantastic foods available locally including dairy, lamb, beef, pork, handmade cheeses and home-grown fruit and vegetables.
Dishes on offer include the Teesdale Lead Miners’ Pasty, a Durham take on the Full English Breakfast, steak and ale pie, and lamb casserole.
A number of farm shops across the county are also putting on special displays of Durham food and drink.
Michelle Gorman, managing director of Visit County Durham, said: “Great food and drink is the perfect accompaniment to any visit, and Durham has a tasty and diverse offering from award-winning cheeses, artisan bakers, meats, vegetables and fish from our reservoirs – all the right ingredients to enjoy a real taste of Durham.”
Cllr Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, said: “Taste Durham Month is the ideal opportunity to celebrate the county’s food heritage and excellent local produce. Both the food and drink producers, as well as the fantastic array of restaurants, cafes and shops across the county, are not just a major draw for visitors but also play a big role in supporting our economy and creating jobs.”
To find out more about Taste Durham Month, visit: www.tastedurham.co.uk