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What to expect at the Food and Drink Festival

Posted on Thursday, 27th August, 2015

This weekend, the much anticipated Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival returns for its fourth year. With a jam-packed schedule of events in Bury St Edmunds, we take a look at just some of the best things to do in Bury St Edmunds this weekend.

First up is the renowned Aga Rangemaster Theatre Kitchen, which will be a hive of activity with Michelin-star chef, Galton Blackiston cooking up a storm on Sunday 30th August and TV chef and restaurateur, Ed Baines headlining proceedings on bank holiday Monday. As well as the legendary chefs, Our Bury St Edmunds’ businesses, Pea Porridge, Paddy & Scott’s, Cote Brasserie, Thomas Peatlings, Palmers Coffee Shop and Casa Del Mar will be taking to the stage to showcase their culinary skills and tasty dishes.

We met with Maria Broadbent, owner at Casa Del Mar to see what she will be treating visitors to when she appears on stage Sunday afternoon.

Can you provide us with a taster of what you will be cooking in the Theatre Kitchen?

“At our demonstration at 12noon, Paul and I are cooking up a storm! We are doing a snapshot of life behind the scenes and how a dish ends up on the menu at Casa Del Mar. We are going to demonstrate Spicy Persian Koftas, Shirazi Salad, Bejewelled Rice - followed by Eastern Mess and a discussion on complimentary wines and if time, some starter ideas too!

“At my second demonstartion at 2pm, I am doing a ‘back to basics but not boring’ session. Looking at the central role food could and should continue to play in society. 10 basic ingredients - a few store cupboard ingredients and some simple, tasty recipes. I want to inspire those lacking in confidence to venture into the kitchen and cook with enthusiasm!”

What are you looking forward to the most at the Food and Drink Festival?

“The whole buzz of having so many avid foodies in one place - especially when that place is Bury St Edmunds!”

To find out all demonstration times at the Aga Rangemaster Theatre Kitchen, visit our website here.

Other things to do in Bury St Edmunds during the Food and Drink Festival will include the traditional giggles of Punch & Judy shows, to the alternative nature of a magician and stiltwalker at the beach in the arc Shopping Centre. And we couldn’t forget the Suffolk Farmers Market in the Buttermarket - the perfect spot to meet over 30 food and drink producers from the local area.

To discover even more about the festival, click here follow OurBuryStEdmunds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #BuryFoodFest.

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