Sudbury food festival poised for a hat-trick

Taste of Sudbury

Taste of Sudbury - Credit: Archant

A Guinness World Record attempt and a pop-up restaurant will be added attractions at a popular food festival this summer.

More than 70 exhibitors have signed up to take part in this year’s Taste of Sudbury Food and Drink Festival, which will take place on Sunday, June 14.

It will be the third year the event has been held in the centre of Sudbury, with cookery demonstrations throughout the day on a stage set up outside St Peter’s Church.

The idea of the festival is to promote local restaurants and celebrate some of the region’s finest food and drink.

The inaugural event in 2013 attracted around 3,500 foodies to the town and last year’s festival topped 4,000 visitors who were spoilt for choice with delicacies ranging from dairy ice creams, handmade cordials and fruit juices, to freshly bottled sauces and artisan burgers.

This year, visitors will be able to sample craft beers and speciality teas alongside handmade fudge, marshmallow and biscuits.

Jane Hatton, town centre development manager, said this year’s festival would have a few new surprises.

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“The aim is to promote the best food and drink provided by producers and suppliers in the local area,” she said.

“Whether you know what food you like or are a culinary adventurist, the festival is a foodies’ paradise.

“It will be an ideal day out for Fathers’ Day and to make it extra special people will be able to book a table in the pop-up restaurant for lunch.”

The festival is being organised by Sudbury Town Team, which is a voluntary and non-profit organisation. Mrs Hatton said they had been “overwhelmed” by the ongoing interest in the event, with many of the exhibitors who attended last year booking to return this summer.

Local businesses, including Bookers Wholesale and Holmes & Hills solicitors are sponsoring the event, which will run from 11am to 6pm. There will be free parking throughout the day and a free ‘park and ride’ facility at Delphi Car Park. This is all being funded by support from businesses, local authorities and county councillors John Sayers and Colin Spence.

Mr Spence said: “The Taste of Sudbury is a great opportunity to celebrate every aspect of food and the contribution it makes to our local economy.”

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