Chester-le-EATS festival set to expand

Durham Cricket has confirmed Chester-le-EATS will take place on 5 and 6 October, and an additional 20 pitches will be available for food and drink brands, as well as craft and retail.

Ythan Sale, from Durham Cricket, who launched the event in 2022 said the festival had grown significantly in terms of visitor numbers over the two years and it is time to “really go for it” with a new festival layout that would accommodate working with more brands.

He said: “Having a great day out with the family that’s filled with fabulous food, music and entertainment is what we always wanted to achieve.

“In 2023, 10,000 visitors flocked to the event to enjoy a stellar line-up of music acts, flash mobs from the local dance school, stilt walkers, rides and amazing food and drinks from regional producers – with everything from Indian and Caribbean cuisine on the menu.

“The event has surpassed our expectations, with the whole community coming together to have a great time. For year three, we have decided to switch things up a little, increasing the size of the event by utilising more space within the grounds of Durham Cricket – and we believe this will be the best year yet.”

In year two, Chester-le-EATS exhibitor stands sold out within months. An additional 20 stands have been added to the event to accommodate more businesses.

Chester-le-EATS 2024 will see another top-class music line-up, a dedicated family zone, street food from around the world, and exceptional produce such as bakes and cakes, gins, rums, jams, chutney – all produced by passionate people in the North East and beyond.

Applications for Chester-le-EATS are now open.

Chester-le-EATS festival set to expand

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