Our Bury St Edmunds offers packed menu for foodie festival...
Our Bury St Edmunds offers packed menu for foodie festival
New celebrity chefs and stalls bringing first-time flavours are on the menu for the Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. And one lucky winner will have a day to remember at the event when they get to meet TV chef Dean Edwards, who became a household name cooking on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’, and receive a personal signed copy of his book as part of a VIP foodie experience prize in a competition supporting the festival.
The free event, promises two days of foodie fun as well as a host of different family attractions including the urban beach, mini-farm and street entertainment. Celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and Dean Edwards both make their first visit to the festival alongside a farmers’ market, local restaurant demonstrations and scores of stalls selling everything from tapas to teas and beers to artisan breads, offering something to tempt everyone’s tastebuds.
This year there’s a chance to win a VIP foodie experience in the run up to the festival in a competition organised in partnership with the tourism body for the area, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond. The prize includes meeting Dean Edwards on Bank Holiday Monday and £150 in vouchers to spend at any Our Bury St Edmunds member restaurant in the town. Entries to the competition and full details can be found on the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond website.
This is the eighth annual Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival organised by the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation for the town. Our Bury St Edmunds Chief Executive Mark Cordell said: “Every year we try to offer something a little different and 2019 is no exception. New to the event this year are a stall selling Hungarian food and another featuring Dominican street food, which was a huge hit at this year’s St Johns Street Festival in the town and we’re delighted to be welcoming them back.
“Among our BID member businesses getting involved in the festival are a number of multi-award winning restaurants such as Maison Bleue and 1921 whose chefs will be giving demonstrations in the Stoves Cookery Theatre. Others such as Bill’s Restaurant are having a stall as part of the event or doing something special at their own premises over the weekend. Bury is already on the map as Suffolk’s foodie capital with around one in four of almost 90 food and drink establishments having awards to their name and this event is a great showcase for them.”
For younger visitors there will be a range of children’s activities in and around the town centre, including face painting, the mini-farm in Abbeygate Street and the beach complete with deckchairs and Punch and Judy at Charter Square in the arc, along with fairground rides and free street entertainment across both days.
Full details about the event, which runs from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August, can be found at www.ourburystedmunds.com/foodanddrinkfestival.