Bury St Edmunds Festival brings a taste of world music and food to children

Young food writers at work.

Young food writers at work. - Credit: Contributed

Children are learning about different cultures through food in the run up to this year’s Bury St Edmunds Festival.

Five youngsters from the Creative Education Centre, based at Fornham All Saints, have become food critics, writing reviews after tasting free lunches at well-known Bury restaurants.

The Creative Restaurant Critics project has been set up by Christina Birt to inspire children to learn more about cultures and linguistics through food, while developing their literacy and communication skills.

It will culminate with an awards ceremony at the beginning of the Global Folk concert, which is part of the Bury Festival, to celebrate the restaurants involved: 1921, Casa Del Mar, Nandos, Valley Connection and Wagamama.

The concert, at the Apex on May 16, will also give children a flavour of other countries as pupils from local schools are part of the 200-strong community choir performing folk songs with Global Folk.

Global Folk is the successor to the popular Mbawula township chorus and features local adult singers as well as those from Risby Primary School, Rougham Primary School, King Edward VI School and the Creative Education Centre, which offers educational opportunities for 5 to 11-year-olds based on Montessori methods.

Festival manager Nick Wells said: “It’s great to be able to involve young people in the festival whether they’re singing with Global Folk or taking a fresh look at local restaurants. The restaurant critic Jay Rayner is making his festival debut this year and may well pick up some tips from these young reviewers!”

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The five young food critics each wrote detailed reviews recording their impressions of the ambiance and service, as well as the tastes and smells of food from different cultures. Their comments included: “I had choc-a-lot cake for dessert which was like a wizard putting a good spell on me.”

For the 2015 festival brochure, and to buy tickets, visit www.buryfestival.co.uk

For tickets, also, visit the Apex box office, call 01284 758000 or email bookings@theapex.co.uk

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