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21st April 2023 Events

Durham Cricket’s Chester-le-EATS set to return!

Durham Cricket’s food and live music festival Chester-le-EATS is set to return!

The festival, organised by Durham Cricket Seat Unique Riverside, will be held on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Visitors can expect a weekend filled with fantastic food and entertainment as well as seeing Durham Cricket’s much-loved mascots, lions Chester and River.

Ythan Sale, Durham Cricket’s Event Manager, said: “Last year’s inaugural event was a roaring success, pulling in around 7,000 visitors. We aim to make the event even bigger and better this year, with more stands and plenty of entertainment and attractions for the kids, making it a great free family day out.”



As well as hot food traders serving up tasty dishes – with everything from pizza to Caribbean food on the menu – visitors will also be able to tantalise their taste buds with goods from the North East’s food and drink producers.

Already lined up for 2023 is The Great British Cheese Company which proved to be a huge hit at the last event with its cheese truckles; Clarence Spirits – which sells St Mary’s Gin, Rum and Vodka as well as pre-made cocktails; Bake For The Soul which offers sweet bakes; cupcake company Fusion Cake Haus; and WL Distillery which produces gin.

Visitors will also be able to taste cuisines from around the world with Bangladeshi street food from Mivesi Spice, Caribbean cuisine from The Calabash Tree; Naples-style pizzas from Scream for Pizza and Greek dishes including gyros from Phi Pie.

The founder of The Calabash Tree, Ryan McVay said: “It was a cracking event last year, a great crowd and very well organised. We met new faces who loved our Caribbean street food and saw some of our loyal following, too. We are absolutely delighted to be back and part of Chester-le-EATS this year and can’t wait for another great event.”



Street food favourites Scream for Pizza will also be taking part in this year’s event. The business which started nine years ago as a mobile catering van, now has a restaurant in Sandyford and also a restaurant on Newcastle quayside serving New York slices and ices. The scream team will be serving their famous Neapolitan-style pizzas at the event.

Louis Mason, Scream For Pizza’s Event Manager, said: “What a top first event. It was a brilliant weekend for us, so it was a no-brainer to get a slice of the action this year and sign up. We can’t wait to see new faces and familiar ones at the next event.”

A full line of entertainment will be announced by Durham Cricket soon. Chester-le-EATS will be held at GATE 1, Seat Unique Riverside, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QR, from 10am – 4pm on September 3oth and from 10am – 3pm on October 1st.

Tom Henry, Manager Director at The Great British Cheese Company, said: “It was very successful for us, and we thoroughly enjoyed working with the events team. It was well attended and well ran last year and we are very much looking forward to the show growing year on year.” 2023’s event is being sponsored by The SDDE Smith Group, a family business with multiple brands Host & Stay (featuring UK stays and holiday home management); Styled Interior Design; motorhome hire Roam & Stay as well as Grey Smith Legal and a number of other B2B businesses.

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