Durham Women’s Gala – Food stalls

The Women’s Gala will have an exciting and diverse array of street food vendors from across the region. Inspired by Durham’s growing street food scene, we have old favourites and new vendors, all serving fresh food with locally-sourced ingredients. Our vendors cater for all dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and nut free. There will truly be something for everyone.

Flip ’n’ Fast Crêpes

Flip n Fast CrepesBased in Tyneside, Anna Hunter and her crêpe van travel across the country to events and food festivals. Her ‘crepe manifesto’ vows to work with fresh local, ethical and sustainably-sourced seasonal produce. With a signature batter free from dairy, gluten and eggs, she can cater for any dietary requirement, just let her know. You can read more about her menu here.

The Armenian Family Street Bar

Armenian Family Street Bar

This family-run food bar brings authentic Armenian and Georgian street food to the North East. They fill hand-made, hand-baked lavash flat breads with a range of fillings including chicken, halloumi and vegan-friendly marinated vegetables. Although they are based in County Durham, they are a stalwart of Tynemouth market and will soon open a café in Felling, Gateshead. Follow them on Facebook here.

Scream for Pizza

Scream for Pizza

Trained at the celebrated La Notizia Pizzeria in Naples, Alex and Vicky are pros at making traditional Neapolitan pizza. The Newcastle-based duo tour the region in Goldie, a former French army ambulance, delivering their unique take on an old classic and fusing flavours from across the world. You can see their pizzas here.

Beedle’s Fish and Chip Van

Beedles fish and chips van

Sometimes you just need chips. This van brings Bishop Auckland’s famous chippy to the streets with their full array of traditional deep-fried fare. After being recognised as the best chippy in the region and one of the top 10 in the country by the National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Awards, they have won numerous awards for service to their community. You can see their menu here.


Our fully-stocked bar will serve a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks all afternoon. Using local producers from Durham Gin to Hill Island Brewery, you can find something to your taste. Hill Island are so excited about the Women’s Gala, they’re brewing a special one-off beer in our honour! We will operate a Challenge 24 policy, and no alcohol will be sold without valid ID.

Wharton Park Café will be open as normal selling coffee, cakes and sandwiches, with ice cream provided by Tony and his van.

Musical line up for the Durham Women’s Gala on Sat 30 June 2018

Musical Line-Up

We are thrilled to announce our all-female musical line-up for the Durham Women’s Gala. We wanted to celebrate the diverse range of grassroots female musicians in the North East, and empower our audience through their music. Both our acts are based in the region, and although they differ in style, they are united in their focus on community.

Ladies of Midnight Blue

ladies-of-the-midnight-blueOur stage will open at 12pm with the Ladies of Midnight Blue. Hannabielle Sanders and Yilis del Carmen Suriel are an Afro-Latin percussion and brass duet based in Newcastle. They fuse percussion, brass and vocals to create powerful and upbeat music with strong focuses on social justice, empowerment and audience participation, a fitting act to celebrate 100 years of women’s participation in democracy. In addition to their work in the North East, they travel across the world performing at festivals, protests and marches. When they are not performing, they deliver art and music workshops to disadvantaged young people, building communities and raising concerns about inequality.

you can learn more about them here   

Mums in Durham Choir

Mums in Durham

Our county’s very own Mums in Durham Choir will lead us in anthems of female empowerment. Starting out in Bearpark Community Centre, this group of Durham mums originally intended to have a ‘sing and a giggle’, but ended up winning national fame on BBC2’s The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain with Gareth Malone.

You can see the Mums in Durham performing the Spice Girls hit ‘Who Do You Think You are’ here.

We hope you will join us in Wharton Park on Saturday 30th June 2018 and listen to these fantastic women.

We will be in Durham Market Place Sat 26 May

We’ve got a market stall next Saturday 26 May in Durham Market Place 9am- 4pm to promote the Durham Womens Gala. Please come along and say hi if you’re in Durham. We’ll be dressed up as suffragettes so will welcome any support!

We’ll be selling raffle tickets(£1) and Votes for Women sashes (£4) to raise money to pay for the children’s activity materials – mini banners, Heritage Trail, suffragette friendship bracelets and broaches.