Taste Durham Month

Taste Durham Month takes place in October every year, during harvest time when there is an abundance of great local produce.  Businesses are invited to take part by creating or promoting a dish that clearly sources local ingredients or has a strong Durham story to tell, by providing a special offer or running a foodie event.


The month-long celebration of food and drink is designed to raise the profile of your business whilst getting local residents and visitors alike excited about discovering Durham’s fantastic foodie offer.


Our visitors spend at least half of their money on food and drink when they are here, and we know they are keen to seek unique experiences with local produce and dishes.


It is FREE for you to participate and there are a number of promotional opportunities that will benefit your business:


An example of Taste Durham Month promotional activity includes:


Website: over 80,000 unique visitors per month
Dedicated Taste Durham Month section on thisisdurham.com.


E-newsletter15,000 foodies
An e-newsletter will be sent in late September promoting Taste Durham Month to over 15,000 lovers of food and drink.


Social Media: 30,000 followers and average monthly reach of 150,000 people
Taste Durham Month will also be promoted via our social media channels from late September and throughout October.


Coverage in regional and national media channels. 


To take part, or for further information:  
T: 03000 260 564 E: The Product Development Team


Durham Food and Drink Exchange Event


Food tourism is becoming increasingly popular as is the demand for local distinctiveness.  Visitors are choosing to go to destinations to sample local food and drink, attend food festivals, farmer's markets and recommended restaurants specialising in local produce.  Joint initiatives, including Visit County Durham's Taste Durham scheme are working hard to ensure visitors are aware of the abundance and variety of food and drink products available throughout Durham.


To showcase the local produce which Durham has to offer including meeting local producers and sampling their products as well as hearing from industry experts discussing food photography, creative menu development and how to develop a profitable hospitality business we are inviting you to a Food and Drink Exchange event.  The event is part of the Taste Durham month of October, which celebrates the county's fantastic food and drink offer.


This event is FREE to visit County Durham Partners, if you have not signed up to partnership the cost is £10 per person.


Partners can book their spaces by emailing your interest to business@visitcountydurham.org or calling the Product Development Team on 03000 260 564


If you are a non-partner please book your tickets here >


October 2016 October Conference

Tuesday 11th October 2016 10am to 4pm, Sedgefield Racecourse

Sedgefield, Durham TS21 2EH


10am                Delegate registration and refreshments


10.30am            Network and Meet the Producers


11.30am            Workshops

Food Photography with Stephen Gardiner

Stephen is a Durham based photographer whose claim to fame includes having his photo of a Sweet Sally Cinnamon (local producer) product featured in British Vogue last year.  Stephen will share practical hints and tips on how food and drink businesses can best show off their dishes and produce on social media and traditional media to appeal to customers.

Creative menu development with Ross Stovold, Head Chef at Seaham Hall

Be inspired and get some creative ideas on how you can develop great dishes using local produce from one of the finest chefs in Durham. A great advocate of foraging and preservation methods, Ross will share his experience and advice on how you can introduce a more ‘local’ offer for your customers.


12 noon            Tea and coffee break


12.30pm           Workshops above repeated           


1pm                  Lunch and networking


2.30pm            Bill Oldfield

Bill will talk about his journey in the hospitality industry and the importance of using local produce for visitors and profitability.

                        ‘Question Time’ Business Panel

The hospitality sector is an exciting one but it can also be a tough business with many highs and lows. Our panel of local entrepreneurs in the sector will share their own experiences of developing and running a business that also champions local produce. Our panellists are: Bill Oldfield of Oldfield Events; Keith Gill of The Old Post Office (B&B), and Thomas Robinson of Headlam Hall and The Rose & Crown (Romaldkirk).


3.30pm             Taste Durham Award Ceremony                       


4pm                   Close

Annual Review

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