Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival returns with a feast of fun...
Food and fun are set to be the recipe for success over the Bank Holiday weekend as the popular Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival returns to the town centre. The free-entry two-day event will see cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs, a wide variety of food and drink related stalls, a family entertainment zone at arc shopping centre, a farmers’ market on Angel Hill and the kitchen secrets of the Georgians at the Guildhall.
Festival favourite Paul Rankin returns for a third visit to the Stoves Cookery Theatre on Bank Holiday Monday, while on Sunday newcomer to the event and former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson will be donning his chefs’ whites. Sean and Paul will each make three appearances on the Cookery Theatre stage. When the celebrity chefs aren’t turning up the heat teams from some of the town’s best-loved restaurants including 1921, No. 4 Restaurant and Bar, The Angel and Casa will be plating up some treats. Vino Gusto will have wine tasting tips on Monday afternoon.
The event is organised by the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Our Bury St Edmunds. Chief Executive Mark Cordell said: “We are thrilled to be back this year celebrating everything the foodie capital of Suffolk has to offer. Hospitality has had such a tough time during the pandemic that showcasing our food and drink offering has never been more important. Other organisations are also recognising what an important weekend this is and joining in, such as West Suffolk Campaign for Real Ale hosting the East Anglian Beer & Cider Festival at the Cathedral over the same days.
“As ever we have got a full range of attractions including a visit by characters from PAW Patrol across both days, which we know will delight our younger visitors who’ve been enjoying PAW Patrol: The Movie in town during the summer holidays.”
Over the two days Charter Square at arc shopping centre will become the family entertainment zone with a circus skills workshop on Sunday and giant games on Monday. It’s here that the PAW Patrol characters will also be based. Chase and Rubble visit on Sunday and Skye and Marshall on Monday. On both days there will also be other attractions including rides and a helter-skelter.
Meanwhile on Sunday only, the town’s historic Guildhall will be open with food historian Dr Pat Murrell explaining the dos and don’ts of Georgian dining and resident herbalist Dr Sue Thompson identifying culinary herbs in the sensory garden. Bookable tours are also available.
The Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival will run from Sunday 29thth to Monday 30th August and will also feature a wide range of local produce stalls and attractions including a farmers’ market.
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