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Stowmarket Food and Drink Festival returns to town centre with street food stalls and pop-up bars





A popular food and drink festival is set to return today offering a culinary paradise for foodies.

The annual Stowmarket Food and Drink Festival is back after last year’s event attracted more than 7,000 visitors with the town centre jam-packed with local and regional produce stalls, street food vendors, pop-up bars and sweet treats.

The festival is free to enter and it is open from 10am to 4pm today.

Stowmarket Food and Drink Festival is set to return today. Picture: Mecha Morton
Stowmarket Food and Drink Festival is set to return today. Picture: Mecha Morton

Some of the new vendors for this year include Manna Seoul, Twisted Treats, Bad Boi Burritos, The Sausage Dog Coffee Co, Field of Fizz and Prosecco, Tornado Potatoes, Wood Row Chocolate, Molly Moo’s Ices and Mabel’s Kitchen dog treats.

The day will also include the addition of the Kitchen Theatre which will showcase a line-up of top chefs preparing seasonal dishes in front of a live audience.

Featured chefs include Myles Craven from The The Butt and Oyster in Ipswich, Sam Sturman from The Bull in Troston, Lee Cooper from The Auberge in Yaxley, Stuart Oliver from Kesgrave Hall and Mark Poynton from MJP Restaurants.

Cat Toh, from Stowmarket, enjoying Chicken Pad Thai at last year's event. Picture: Mark Westley
Cat Toh, from Stowmarket, enjoying Chicken Pad Thai at last year's event. Picture: Mark Westley

There will also be plenty of entertainment for all ages at venues across the town, including Pocket Money Movies at The Regal where tickets are only £2 per person.

The event coincides with the final day of the Food Museum’s beer festival which started on Thursday.

It is the beer festival’s 27th year of offering real ales, craft beers and ciders from East Anglian breweries.

Alongside local brewers, the festival also highlights Cumbrian breweries including Ennerdale Brewery, Fell Brewery and Tractor Shed.

Stephany Hardingham, of Alder Tree, at last year’s festival. Picture: Mark Westley
Stephany Hardingham, of Alder Tree, at last year’s festival. Picture: Mark Westley
Stowmarket Beekeepers Linda Stuart and Steve Galpin at last year's event. Picture: Mark Westley
Stowmarket Beekeepers Linda Stuart and Steve Galpin at last year's event. Picture: Mark Westley

Ellen Harling, the museum’s digital officer, said: “We’re really excited to have the opportunity to bring some of the best local breweries to the festival, allowing festival goers to try something new and show off just how great the beer that’s being produced in East Anglia is.”

The museum’s Feast Café is also providing a range of homemade food, including dirty fries, chilli con carne and cakes alongside food trucks including Bay Tree Pizza and Prestige offering pizza and burgers.