Visitors to Bury St Edmunds town centre over the August Bank Holiday weekend are in for a delicious treat as the town shines a spotlight on the local food and drink scene that has made Bury the foodie capital of Suffolk. The 2022 Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival is a free admission two-day event promising a full menu of food and drink treats and displays as well as a host of family fun.
The Stoves Cookery Theatre is at the very heart of the festival with a programme of displays and demonstrations showcasing chefs from some of the area’s most popular award-winning dining establishments, complemented by tips to avoid food waste, chefs of the future, wine list ideas and cocktail mixing. In addition a farmers’ market will be on Angel Hill and dozens of stalls will line the town centre selling a range of cuisines from around the world and everything those who love cooking could desire, from ingredients to kitchenware.
The Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival is organised by the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation for the town. Our Bury St Edmunds Chief Executive Mark Cordell said: “This year we have worked with our partner organisation Bury St Edmunds and Beyond to showcase some of the best places for food and drink in or near the town. We’re delighted to be welcoming back to the theatre kitchen some regulars to the Festival including Maison Bleue, 1921 and Casa who are always a great draw for the crowd but new to the stage this year will be chefs from establishments such as Three Kings and Forage Kitchen from neighbouring villages.
“But the Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival isn’t just about cooking demonstrations – our drinks scene has so much to offer too. The town is well known as the home of one of the biggest names in brewing and pubs but this festival will introduce you to others from the world of real ales, craft beers, fine wines, cocktails and soft drinks and even regular visitors are likely to find something new.”
For families there will be a range of children’s activities in and around the town centre, including fairground rides and street entertainment across both days. Giant games and a circus skills workshop at arc shopping centre are just two of the free and fun ways to help work up an appetite. The festival’s chosen charity this year is East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Full details about the event, which runs from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August, can be found at: www.ourburystedmunds.com/foodanddrinkfestival.