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Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival Picks!

Taking place on 26th & 27th August, the Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival is not to be missed!

There's so much to see and do; with live demonstrations from celebrity chef along with some of Bury St Edmund's top chefs, workshops, children's activities, street theatre and markets, plus some of Suffolk's finest food and drink producers will be selling their fine fayre!

Check out our top Festival picks and get your taste buds tantalised!

Sunday 26th August

Celebrity Chef James Tanner - 11am, 1pm, 3pm at Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DX

Celebrity Chef James Tanner first appeared on our screens on Ready, Steady, Cook but has since been on 'Step Up to the Plate', Saturday Kitchen and Something for the Weekend to name but a few, you can also catch him on your screens each morning as the resident chef on Lorraine. 

James opened his own restaurant aged just 23 and it was voted AA Awards - Best Restaurant in the UK in 2007/8, he has since gone on to open a further four award-winning restaurants.

James is passionate about using local, seasonable and sustainable produce of excellent quality, and will be showing off his skills at 11am, 1pm and 3pm from The Stoves Cookery Theatre on Bury St Edmunds' Cornhill. 

The Stoves Cookery Theatre Live Cooking Demonstrations

Bury St Edmunds top chefs will be taking to the stage throughout the day showcasing local ingredients and creative cooking methods from The Stoves Cookery Theatre on Bury St Edmunds' Cornhill. 

On Sunday 26th, you can be inspired by The Northgate who will be using the finest local ingredients combined with the most up to date cooking techniques in their demonstration from 12pm - 12.45pm; Maison Bleue's Head Chef Pascal Canavet will be cooking up some beautiful French fine-dining dishes from 2pm - 2.45pm and you can learn a thing or two as you watch a cocktail masterclass by The LP from 4pm - 4.45pm. 

Monday 27th August

Celebrity Chef Paul Rankin - 11am, 1pm, 3pm at Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DX

Paul is best known for being one of the longest standing and most successful chefs on Ready Steady Cook, he's also appeared on Step Up to the Plate, Food Heroes, Saturday Kitchen, 10-mile Menu and Paul and Nick's Big Food Trip. 

Paul Rankin changed the face of culinary Northern Ireland when he opened Roscoff, the restaurant that was to become the first to win a Michelin Star in the country with people travelling from Dublin simply to experience what was considered to be the best cooking in Northern Ireland at the time.

Paul will be showcasing his skills at The Stoves Cookery Theatre on Bury St Edmunds' Cornhill. 

The Stoves Cookery Theatre Live Cooking Demonstrations

Coming to you live from The Stoves Cookery Theatre on Monday 27th August will be Maria Broadbent, owner of Casa; showcasing exotic Tapas style dishes at 2pm and 4pm.

No4 Restaurant and Bar will also be hopping over from the Abbeygate Cinema to join the stage from 12pm - 12.45pm. 

Fill Your Basket!

Inspired by all the live cookery demonstrations taking place? Then head to make sure you leave time to wander the cobbled streets of the Buttermarket and Cornhill to peruse the stalls East Anglia's finest food and drinks producers. 

Over on Angel Hill, stop by the Farmers Market and great yourself to a selection of top quality produce reflecting the wealth of food that is farmed, grown and produced in East Anglia.

The Food & Drink stalls and the Farmers Market will be here on both days of the Festival, so there's ample opportunity to indulge!

Family Foodie Fun

Between 10.30am - 3.30pm on Sunday and Monday, the Mini Farm will be on Abbeygate Street with a whole host of farmyard friends for you to meet including pygmy goats, miniature pigs, an alpaca, a miniature horse, and lots more!

Budding 'Bake Off' contestants can join in the culinary fun at the Buttermarket/Cornhill as they try their hand at cake decorating. The free activities are being held from 10am - 5pm on both days of the Festival.

You won't believe your eyes if you visit Charter Square at The Arc Shopping Centre, pack your sun hat and find a deck chair on the golden sands of 'The Beach!', here you will also find a helter skelter and children's fairground rides.

Punch & Judy shows will be taking place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on both days of the Festival at The Arc Shopping Centre and you can be wowed by street entertainers including balloon modellers, stilt walkers and magicians wandering around across the town.

Make a Stay of It

Why not turn your visit to the Food & Drink Festival into a gastronomic weekend getaway, check our these accommodation providers in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond and book a table at one of the town's top eateries!