Ipswich: Forknight fun kicks off with quayside festival

Craig Smith and Craig Rooksby setting up a marquee for the Ipswich Waterfront Food and Drink Festiva

Craig Smith and Craig Rooksby setting up a marquee for the Ipswich Waterfront Food and Drink Festival. - Credit: Archant

Today marks the start of a fortnight celebrating the fantastic food and drink on offer around the county.

Billy Smith setting up around the drinks tent at Ipswich Waterfront for the Ipswich Food and Drink F

Billy Smith setting up around the drinks tent at Ipswich Waterfront for the Ipswich Food and Drink Festival. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Food and Drink Forknight kicks off today with a three-day extravaganza at Orwell Quay on the Waterfront, organised by Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) and the Market Square Group.

Regional, national and international producers will be lining up to tempt people’s tastebuds throughout the event.

There will also be a beer festival, giving visitors the chance to try beers and ales from local brewers and learn more about wine at a series of seminars and tastings.

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central, said: “Forknight is a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic food and drink on offer in the town. From champagne and oysters to the great British burger, Forknight has something for all.”

TV chef Ed Baines will join chefs from across the region for a cookery demonstration and website allaboutipswich.com will feature a range of unique menus from £10 to £15 from restaurants across Ipswich through the fortnight.

Liz Ambler of Arlingtons said: “We are proud to be a part of the fabulous Forknight celebration, it’s given us a chance to showcase our £10 early evening menu, which comes with wine or beer. We are also offering people the chance to learn new cookery skills at one of three informal cooking demonstrations today, tomorrow and Sunday.”

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To find out more, visit www.allaboutipswich.com

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