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All you need to know about Newmarket Food and Drink Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:33 18 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 18 August 2018

Crowds at last year's Newmarket Food and Drink Festival Picture: KIRSTIN STANLEY HUGHES

Crowds at last year's Newmarket Food and Drink Festival Picture: KIRSTIN STANLEY HUGHES


Celebrity chef and TV presenter Rosemary Shrager will headline the cookery demonstrations at this year’s Newmarket Food and Drink Festival.

Last year's Newmarket Food and Drink Festival Picture: KIRSTIN STANLEY HUGHESLast year's Newmarket Food and Drink Festival Picture: KIRSTIN STANLEY HUGHES

Now in its fourth year, the popular event on September 15 and 16 will give visitors the chance to sample and purchase food from various local produce stalls, as well as grab a delight from the various street food vendors.

It will take place in the heart of Newmarket across Palace Street and the site of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art.

It will be free to attend and will tie into the 850-year anniversary celebration of Newmarket’s Market Charter.

Proceeds from the Food & Drink Festival will go to this year’s charities: Racing Welfare’s Newmarket Housing Project, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket, the Newmarket Day Centre and Newmarket Academy’s social mobility fund.

Celebrity chef Rosemary ShragerCelebrity chef Rosemary Shrager

Cookery demonstrations

Rosemary Shrager, of School for Cooks and Soapstar Superchef, will be there on Saturday, September 15, showcasing her talent as a versatile chef and cookery teacher as she demonstrates delicious dishes in the G’s Fresh Cookery Live Kitchen.

With over a decade in broadcasting and teaching, her role in ITV1’s Ladette to Lady cemented her position as Britain’s best-loved chef and culinary writer.

She will be joined by a number of top East Anglian chefs who will be showcasing their culinary capabilities with demonstrations. Some of the venues whose chefs will be on hand at the Newmarket Food & Drink Festival include:

•The Tamburlaine Hotel, Cambridge

•The Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, Newmarket

•The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie

•The Poets House Hotel, Ely

•The Varsity Hotel, Cambridge

Live music and entertainment

Visitors can find even further entertainment with live music from local artists and bands on the Corkers Stage in Palace House Gardens. Grab a snack or drink from the bar, while listening to fantastic local acts in the open-air setting.

Palace House will be hosting ‘Find out for a Fiver’ throughout the weekend of the Newmarket Food and Drink Festival; visitors are encouraged to visit the multi-attraction site for a discounted rate, after trying some tasty treats. To book your ‘Find out for a Fiver’ ticket for the weekend of September 15 and 16 call Palace House on 01638 667314 quoting: FOODFESTIVAL or turn up to reception over the weekend.

Planning your visit

The Food and Drink Festival will open each day at 11am and finish at 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. For more information click here.

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