Bury St Edmunds: Food and drink festival gets under way this Sunday

The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival takes place this weekend. Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli who

The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival takes place this weekend. Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli who is one of the 'headline acts' in the cookery theatre at the event. - Credit: Contributed

Mouth-watering treats will be on offer this Bank Holiday weekend at an event which celebrates a variety of culinary delights.

The two-day food and drink festival in Bury St Edmunds features a farmers’ market on Angel Hill, a chilli festival in Langton Place and numerous other offerings in the Cornhill and Buttermarket areas.

There will be displays by celebrity chefs Mark Poynton from the Michelin-starred Alimentum in Cambridge and Aldo Zilli, who regularly appears on television and radio, as well as cookery demonstrations from several town centre restaurants.

Businesses based in the area will also be running events, including a beer festival at the Old Cannon brewery and restaurant and a rum festival at So Bar.

The free food and drink festival, which is organised by town centre business improvement organisation Bid4Bury, gets under way on Sunday.

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Chief executive of Bid4Bury Mark Cordell said: “This weekend celebrates food and drink from the very best of what’s on offer in Bury St Edmunds and the local area to international cuisine.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming Mark Poynton and Aldo Zilli, whose demonstrations are bound to be extremely popular, and I am delighted that following the success of our inaugural event last year more Bid4Bury member businesses are getting involved in the festival as well.”

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Mr Poynton will be the special guest on Sunday, while on Monday Mr Zilli, who made his name on the restaurant scene in London’s Soho, will bring a flavour of Italy to the Aga Rangemaster Kitchen Theatre outside Moyse’s Hall Museum on Cornhill.

There will also be street entertainment and for younger visitors there will be a range of children’s activities in and around the town centre, including face painting in Cornhill Walk, a magician in the Buttermarket and the Traverse will host a teddy bears’ picnic, rides and a bouncy castle.

During the festival, a special bus service is being provided by Stephensons to serve the surrounding villages. On Sunday buses will run from Barrow and Stanton calling at various stops in Bury and on Monday the routes will come from Thurston and Haverhill via Horringer.

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