Flavours of Winter Food and Drink Festival will go down a treat at Trinity Park

Flavours of Winter 2014's Charlotte Gaffer

Flavours of Winter 2014's Charlotte Gaffer - Credit: Archant

It may be dull, cold, rainy; but it’s not all bad.

Flavours of Winter 2014's Roger Aston

Flavours of Winter 2014's Roger Aston - Credit: Archant

Trinity Park, Ipswich, hosts the new Flavours of Winter 2014 Food and Drink Festival from November 14-16; boasting cookery demonstrations from award-winning chefs, an international line-up of food producers, street food, live music and entertainment, a CAMRA beer festival sponsored by Isaacs and Briarbank Brewery and loads of food and drink to try.

“If you love food and drink, want to meet some of the region’s top chefs and have a fun-filled day out with something for all the family then our new Flavours of Winter Food and Drink Festival is for you,” said Christine Bond, events manager at Trinity Park.

“The Flavours team, who arranged the cookery theatre at the Suffolk Show this year as well as running a range of other events, have brought a touch of magic and there will be something for every member of the family over the weekend.”

Sure to draw in the crowds is the line-up of top restaurant chefs who’ll be sharing their skills. One, travelling from Leamington Spa to appear on the Sunday in the Anglia Factors Cookery Theatre, is award-winner Paul Foster. He was previously the highly acclaimed head chef at Tuddenham Mill, near Newmarket, and now works at Mallory Court Hotel.

Flavours of Winter 2014's Broadside Boys

Flavours of Winter 2014's Broadside Boys - Credit: Archant

Other highlights include demonstrations of how to get the most from a whole turkey by butcher George Debman, working alongside Roger Aston of The Old Mariner in Woodbridge.

Also on stage will be cookery teacher Padmaja Kochera, who specialises in authentic Indian cookery and has appeared on TV alongside the Hairy Bikers. Anmar Odendal of The White Lion, Aldeburgh, will showcase her patisserie skills and James Jay, of The Anchor, in Woodbridge, will show how to prepare and cook wild rabbit.

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Tasting, sampling and buying are essential to any food festival, says organiser Melissa Purnell of the Flavours team.

“We’ve a very varied range of food producers, with some crafts stands for good measure, so you’re bound to find something fresh and exciting to try. It’s the perfect place to come to find some interesting and unusual Christmas presents.”

Flavours of Winter 2014's James Jay

Flavours of Winter 2014's James Jay - Credit: Archant

The Anglia Factors Cookery Theatre is being compered by Town 102 breakfast presenters Wayne Bavin and Tony Horton. The children’s cookery den, which has a range of hands on activity lined up, is being compered by experienced young chef and blogger Charlotte Gaffer.

Cooking aside, there’ll be a full programme of live music featuring a mix of local and international musicians offering everything from the swing style of Gary Winter and The Broadside Boys’ folk to Annika Rands’ repertoire of jazz, pop and Motown numbers from across the decades.

See www.flavoursfoodfestivals.co.uk/winter2014 for more details.

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