Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival is top of the menu for Bank Holiday despite the wet weather

Patrick Agay and some of his paella

Patrick Agay and some of his paella

Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival was top of the menu for the Bank Holiday weekend - attracting thousands of culinary enthusiasts who braved the wet weather.

The mixed weather brought equally varied results with the sunshine on Sunday encouraging many to enjoy the treats of the festival while the downpours on Monday saw others seeking shelter in the town’s shops and restaurants.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of festival organiser Ourburystedmunds, said: “We may have managed to keep everybody happy. The feedback from our businesses is that Monday was a really good day for them and Sunday was really good for the stalls.”

The third annual event attracted people from as far as London and Nottingham with eye-catching activities which even included a beach at the arc and a chance to learn from TV chefs Lesley Waters as well as Brian Turner and the town’s renowned eateries who gave demonstrations outside Moyse’s Hall Museum.

Other highlights included a farmer’s market, on Angel Hill; mini-farm, in Abbeygate Street; fairground rides, in the arc and world market, on Cornhill.

Mr Cordell added: “It’s the businesses that pay for this. It’s to raise the profile of the town and get additional visitors here with the hope that having seen the town they will come back.”

For more pictures see Friday’s Bury Free Press newspaper.




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