Bury St Edmunds’ food and drink festival draws in thousands

The first day of the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival attracting large crowds on Sunday.
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The first day of the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival attracting large crowds on Sunday. The popular beach back in town at the Arc Shopping Centre - Credit: Archant

Some of the finest food and drink from the region was on offer in Bury St Edmunds in a culinary festival which attracted large crowds.

Celebrity chef Brian Turner holds his creations after a demonstration at the Bury St Edmunds Food an

Celebrity chef Brian Turner holds his creations after a demonstration at the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday, August. - Credit: Su Anderson

This year’s Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival started today and will continue tomorrow – with events spread out across the town.

Celebrity chefs are on hand to serve up fantastic feasts with handy tips for wannabe cooks also available. Earlier today, Galton Blackiston, a regular of BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, showed his best recipes with Ed Baines, from Randall and Aubin seafood restaurant in London, due to appear tomorrow.

It is the fourth such festival, organised by the Our Bury St Edmunds business group. Its chief executive, Mark Cordell, said the event was second only to the town’s Christmas Fayre in terms of popularity. He said thousands attended today’s event.

“There was a large number of people in attendance, the stall-holders have had really brisk business so we are really pleased,” he said.


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“There has been an upbeat atmosphere with a variety of food and drink on offer with excellent produce on display.

“In Bury there are so many top restaurants and cafes and before the end of the year there could be up to five further food-related businesses coming to the town...I consider the town to be the food and drink capital of Suffolk.”

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As well as the cooking demonstrations there was a popular farmers’ market on Angel Hill with produce also for sale in the Buttermarket.

For children and families there was much to do with fairground rides, entertainment, a Punch and Judy show, children’s farm and magicians and stilt walkers.

Tomorrow’s events are running between 10am-5pm and are free to enter.

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