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Bury St Edmunds food and drink festival featuring celebrity chefs Sean Wilson of Coronation Street fame and Paul Rankin will celebrate 'everything the foodie capital of Suffolk has to offer'




Celebrity chefs, a farmers’ market and PAW Patrol characters will be among the highlights at Bury St Edmunds’ food and drink festival over the bank holiday weekend.

The two-day event, organised by Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, on Sunday and Monday features cookery demonstrations, food and drink stalls, a family entertainment zone at the arc shopping centre and the kitchen secrets of the Georgians at The Guildhall.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of the BID, said they were thrilled to be back celebrating ‘everything the foodie capital of Suffolk has to offer’.

The Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival, pictured in 2019, returns this bank holiday weekend on Sunday and Monday
The Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival, pictured in 2019, returns this bank holiday weekend on Sunday and Monday

"Hospitality has had such a tough time during the pandemic that showcasing our food and drink offering has never been more important," he said.

Former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson, who is now a chef and cheesemaker, can be seen at the Stoves Cookery Theatre stage, in Cornhill, on Sunday, while Paul Rankin returns for a third visit to the festival on Monday.

Both will make three appearances on stage at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson will take to the stage on Sunday
Former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson will take to the stage on Sunday

Some of the town’s restaurants are also due to appear with 1921 and No.4 Restaurant and Bar on Sunday at noon and 2pm respectively as well as The Angel Hotel and Casa on Monday at noon and 2pm.

Gusto Pronto wine professional Jake Bennett-Day will take to the stage also for a demonstration at 4pm on Monday.

The farmers’ market is on Angel Hill both days, with food and drink stalls in Buttermarket and Cornhill.

Charter Square at the arc shopping centre will be transformed into a family entertainment zone with a circus skills workshop on Sunday from 11am to 3pm, giant games on Monday from 11am to 4pm and fairground rides both days.

PAW Patrol characters will also be based at the arc with Chase and Rubble on Sunday and Skye and Marshall on Monday.

Paul Rankin returns for a third visit to the Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival
Paul Rankin returns for a third visit to the Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival

At the Guildhall on Sunday, historian Dr Pat Murrell will cover the dos and don’ts of Georgian dining in the morning, while herbalist Dr Sue Thompson will identify culinary herbs in the sensory garden in the afternoon.

The East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival will also be at the cathedral.

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