Popular festival to return to Beccles to showcase top producers from Waveney and beyond

Last year's Beccles Food and Drink Festival.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Last year's Beccles Food and Drink Festival. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The Beccles Food and Drink Festival is back for a third year, showcasing the area's best producers and traders.

Last year's Beccles Food and Drink Festival.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Last year's Beccles Food and Drink Festival. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The free event will be held on Saturday, May 27, and there will be more than 50 stalls selling a variety of cooked and raw food, confectionary, pickles, preserves, oils and other condiments, along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Stallholders from the Waveney Valley area include Fen Farm Dairy, The Penny Bun Bakehouse and Waveney Smokehouse, while those from further afield include Kenton Hall Estate, pudd'Eng and Yum Yum Tree Fudge.

There will also be demonstrations and talks in a cookery theatre at the Public Hall, featuring local chefs and producers. Stalls will be situated there, in St Michael's Church, and in the town centre.

Children's entertainment, including storytelling, face painting and Punch and Judy will be centred at the library, where a Fairtrade pop-up café is planned. Buskers will also play at designated music hotspots.

Last year's Beccles Food and Drink Festival.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Last year's Beccles Food and Drink Festival. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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Visitors are encouraged to catch the bus or train into town, or make use of a free park and ride facility from Beccles Quay. Maps showing a food trail, will also be available from the quay and the festival's information point in the town centre.

A new feature for 2017 is the addition of specials at some of the town's eateries and butchers, available only during the festival, which will feature on the map together with the cookery theatre timetable. Businesses set to participate in the feature include Twyfords, Baileys, the Waveney House Hotel, Graze at the White Horse and the Wine Vaults.

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Malcolm Holmes, part of the team organising the festival, said: 'The aim of the event is to celebrate independent food and drink suppliers and eateries, both within Beccles and throughout the wider Waveney Valley area, and to attract visitors to the vibrant market town. Beccles boasts some excellent independent restaurants, cafes and shops alongside those of high street chains, and includes three long-established independent butchers, two delicatessens, a greengrocer and a fishmonger.'

The festival will run from 10am to 4pm. Further details, application forms and information can be found at www.becclesfoodfestival.co.uk or on their Facebook page.

Last year's Beccles Food and Drink Festival.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Last year's Beccles Food and Drink Festival. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

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