Seaham Food Festival cancelled
A seaside food festival has been cancelled to support national efforts to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
We have taken the sad but necessary decision to call off Seaham Food Festival, which was due to take place in the town on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June.
The decision is in line with the Government's rules on social distancing and follows the announcement that Bishop Auckland Food Festival will not go ahead next month.
Traders, partners, guests and sponsors have all been informed of the decision and those that had booked stalls will be refunded.
Launched last year, Seaham Food Festival brings together culinary heroes, food lovers and families on County Durham's heritage coastline. The inaugural event saw 14,000 people flock to the town in just one day, boosting the local economy by tens of thousands of pounds.
Slowing the spread
Gill O'Neill, our acting head of culture, sport and tourism, said: "We have been monitoring the rapidly changing situation and guidance on Coronavirus extremely closely. This includes regularly reviewing our events programme and, it is with great regret, that we have decided to cancel Seaham Food Festival.
"This decision was not taken lightly, as we were looking forward to building upon the success of last year's festival. We know how important events like these are to the county's economy and the food producers that support it.
"However, our foremost concern is that the festival does not put at risk the health of our visitors, traders, chefs, partners, sponsors, event staff and volunteers. We must follow the Government's guidance and if by making this decision we can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus and relieve the pressure on our emergency services, it is the right action to take.
"We remain committed to promoting County Durham's wonderful food industry and look forward to working with traders and producers in the future."
Our events programme remains under review and further changes will be made if and when necessary.
We are encouraging people to follow the guidelines from Public Health England on how best to protect themselves from the virus. This includes staying at home, social distancing if required to leave the house and more frequent hand washing, for 20 seconds.