A month long celebration of Durham produce has got underway with eateries and accommodation providers showcasing some of the county’s finest foods in a range of special dishes.
Thirty eateries, including award-winning restaurants, cafes and hotels and bed and breakfasts, are taking part in Taste Durham Month. And they have each created a unique Durham-inspired dish to tempt diners’ taste buds.
All the Taste Durham dishes include ingredients from local producers such as lamb reared in Teesdale, handmade cheeses from Cotherstone Cheese, Durham Cow Cheese and Parlour Made, artisan bread, locally farmed pork and beef, and home-grown fruit and vegetables.
Melanie Sensicle, Chief Executive of Visit County Durham, says: “A great meal is one of the key ingredients that will help create lasting, memories of any destination. It’s for this reason that we are celebrating the fascinating food heritage and great local produce available throughout Durham.”
One of the venues taking part is the Bowes Museum’s Café Bowes. Head chef Davey Babooram says: “We are delighted to be involved with Taste Durham Month again. At The Bowes Museum, we take huge pride in the history and heritage of the Durham Dales and food plays a huge part in that.
“So it makes perfect sense that whenever possible we serve our visitors food grown or reared in the local area. That’s why this year our Taste Durham Month dish is inspired by local lamb from the Durham Dales.”
Stuart McFarlane, the owner of McFarlane Family Butchers in Barnard Castle, which provides ingredients for Café Bowes, adds: “Taste Durham Month is a great initiative. It not only promotes Durham but also the wonderful local produce it has to offer.
“That’s what we’re all about; we don’t sell anything not from within a 25-mile radius.”
Places taking part in the month are all displaying a sign in their windows and all the available dishes can be browsed in an interactive Taste Durham menu which is available at www.tastedurham.co.uk