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Michelin-starred Galton Blackiston to return to Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on August Bank Holiday





A Michelin-starred chef will return to a town’s food and drink festival this year.

Galton Blackiston, whose TV credits include Yes Chef, Saturday Kitchen and Great British Menu among many others, will take to the stage at the Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Monday, August 26.

He will front three demonstrations in the Stoves Cookery Theatre at the free admission event on Bank Holiday Monday.

The streets of the town will be lined with stalls during Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Mecha Morton
The streets of the town will be lined with stalls during Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Mecha Morton
Galton Blackiston will return to this year's Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Bank Holiday Monday. Picture: Submitted
Galton Blackiston will return to this year's Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on Bank Holiday Monday. Picture: Submitted

The two-day festival starts on Sunday, August 25 when chefs from across Bury St Edmunds town centre, including Rustico, 1921, Maison Bleue and Bay Tree Café will all take part.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds BID, said: “Galton Blackiston has been one of our most popular celebrity chefs at the Food and Drink Festival over the years and we are delighted to welcome him back to Bury St Edmunds.

“It’s testament to the quality of food and drink businesses in the town centre that so many of them are also playing a part at the festival.”

Chefs from 1921 will be returning to Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival this year. Picture: Mark Westley
Chefs from 1921 will be returning to Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival this year. Picture: Mark Westley
Artefact Brewing attended Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival last year. Picture: Mark Westley
Artefact Brewing attended Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival last year. Picture: Mark Westley

Mr Cordell added that, while not all business will be able to take to the stage, a large number will be fronting stalls over the course of the weekend.

This year Mr Blackiston celebrated his Norfolk hotel and restaurant, Morston Hall, retaining its Michelin star for a 25th year.

The two day event will feature a range of stalls selling food from around the world. New to the festival are stalls selling Hungarian street food and Caribbean sauces.

Angel Hill during Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival 2023. Picture: Mecha Morton
Angel Hill during Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival 2023. Picture: Mecha Morton
Artefact Brewing attended Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival last year. Picture: Mark Westley
Artefact Brewing attended Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival last year. Picture: Mark Westley

There will also be a farmer’s market on Angel Hill.

The arc Shopping Centre will host a virtual reality games booth alongside a racing car simulator and face painting.

Children can also enjoy fairground rides, for a small charge, and free street entertainment across both days.

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Food and Drink Festival 2023. Picture: Mark Westley
Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Food and Drink Festival 2023. Picture: Mark Westley
Chris Lee, of The Three Kings, Fornham, at last year’s Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Mecha Morton
Chris Lee, of The Three Kings, Fornham, at last year’s Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Mecha Morton

The event runs from 10am to 5pm.