See pictures as Rick Stein appears at Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival

Crowds at the Jack Stein cooking demonstration at the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival. Pictu

Crowds at the Jack Stein cooking demonstration at the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Celebrity chefs and local producers were the stars of the show on the first day of the annual Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival.

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday
Watching the cooking demonstr

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday Watching the cooking demonstrations PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

With demonstrations from the son of Rick Stein, Jack, as well as from other local chefs, the festival saw thousands descend on the town centre.

A range of producers, many from the local area such as Ixworth-based Curry With Love, showcased their food and drink across the town.

The festival is organised by the Business Improvement District Ourburystedmunds and also featured the return of the beach in the Arc shopping centre.

The star chef today, when the festival continues, will be former Ready Steady Cook favourite Paul Rankin, who will be on stage in the Corhnhill at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

People enjoying the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

People enjoying the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

At noon Bourgee, the latest restaurant to set up in Bury at the restored Cupola House, take their turn.

They will be followed by The Angel Hotel at 2pm and Wagamama at 4pm.

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday
PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Crowds at the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Crowds at the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday
PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday
PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday
PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday
Celebrity chef Paul Rankin wa

Crowds flock to the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Sunday Celebrity chef Paul Rankin watching the cooking demonstrations PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

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