Upcoming food festivals across the region
There’s plenty of great festivals to get your teeth into over the next few months, showcasing the very best producers from across the region. Pop along and support local small food businesses from honey producers to artisan chocolates and enjoy a nibble or two as you go!
Norwich Food and Drink Festival
Sunday 18 June will see the return of Norwich’s annual Food and Drink Festival. Held outside the Forum there’ll be plenty of action on the Cookery Demonstration theatre and of course, the famous battle of the bangers.
Bedfordshire Food & Garden Festival
Head to the Birds of Prey Centre at Herrings Green Activity Centre to enjoy the first ever Bedfordshire Food & Garden Festival on 22-23 April. As well as enjoying stalls from the area’s finest producers of food and plenty of garden wares to purchase, tickets include access to the Birds of Prey Centre. Gates open from 10am and tickets cost just £6 for adults and £2.50 for children.
Ely Eel Festival
Rounding up the Ely Eel Festival is a two-day food and drink festival held across Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May. 75 artisan food and drink producers will be showcasing their products, alongside a street food festival and live music. There’ll also be a cookery theatre with Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire demonstrating a variety of dishes. There are also Q&A and meet and greet sessions with celebrity chefs during the event. To find out more visit www.visitely.org.uk
Colchester Food and Drink Festival
Colchester will be taken over by local food producers and artisan drinks creators on Saturday 24 June and Sunday 25 June. 120 stalls stocking delicious food and drink will descend on Colchester’s Lower Castle Park for the weekend alongside other activities, performances and displays such as live music, cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs, as well as The Pike Staff Inn Real Ale Bar serving craft beers and real ales all weekend. Tickets are only £3.50 for adults and free for children.
Hatfield Food Festival
The 2, 3 and 4 June will see the Hatfield Food Festival return on a larger site. Rosemary Shrager and The Baker Brothers are just a couple of the celebrity foodies expected during the event. With a variety of free hands on master classes and chef tastings as well as a BBQ academy, there’s something to keep everyone occupied. Children can enjoy mixing things up in the food laboratory or head to the children’s cookery school to get their hands dirty. Don’t miss the local producer stalls, the street food avenue or the live music at this food festival.
Taste of Sudbury Food and Drink Festival
Join award-winning regional chefs and the area’s finest food producers as the Taste of Sudbury Food and Drink Festival returns on Sunday 11 June. Enjoy demonstrations at the kitchen theatre and work your way around 40 different food producers filling Market Hill and St Peters. Entry is free of charge.
Written by Amanda French. Read more foodie treats on her blog at www.anoseforfood.com