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Greene King Beer and Food Festival. Vistors enjoy the many stalls inside the big marque
Greene King Beer and Food Festival. Vistors enjoy the many stalls inside the big marque
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BEER, music, food and sunshine came together on the weekend as Greene King welcomed the public to its annual spring shindig.

The brewing giants’ Real Beer and Food Festival saw crowds teeming through its Bury St Edmunds home on Saturday and Sunday.

Greene King Beer and Food Festival. Mark Cross serving thirsty customers

Greene King Beer and Food Festival. Mark Cross serving thirsty customers

They were treated to tasty delights from more than 40 local producers and music from 10 live acts.

Euan Venters, Greene King’s managing director, said it was a chance to bring the community together to celebrate Suffolk produce.

“Suffolk has so much to offer when it comes to quality beer and food, which is why we are so proud to put on this event and add our own flavour to the regional foodie calendar,” he said.

Stalls included dried and cured meat specialists Artisan Smokehouse, chutneys and sauces from the Elveden Estate and sweet treats from Thurston’s Yum Yum Tree Fudge.

Greene King Beer and Food Festival. Vistors enjoy the many stalls inside the big marque

Greene King Beer and Food Festival. Vistors enjoy the many stalls inside the big marque

Beer lovers were not disappointed either – with fanatics given the opportunity to quiz head brewer, John Bexon, as part of the Meet the Head Brewer sessions.

The former Bass brewer gave beer buffs the secrets to making a good ale, including a look at how best to drink it.

The session included a chance to taste several of Greene King’s signature beers – ending with a rare glimpse of 5X, a 12 per cent vintage beer.

Visitors were able to recline with a pint in hand as local performers including Nik Lowe, Ellie Jamison, Adam Moss and The Cads took to the stage.

Sunday saw a family feel, with a bouncy castle and face-painting available.