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PICTURES: Annual Taste of Sudbury food and drink festival shatters attendance records


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Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019..Pictured: Lauren Stephensons and Sally Bendall from Hollow trees Farm on their stall...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037068)
Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019..Pictured: Lauren Stephensons and Sally Bendall from Hollow trees Farm on their stall...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037068)

Sudbury’s food and drink festival smashed all attendance records on Sunday.

The annual event featured 60 stalls, cookery demonstrations by popular chefs and restaurants, and had something to offer all the family.

Organiser Justine Paul, from Suffolk Market Events, said: “It was just brilliant – the atmosphere in town was amazing.

Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019..Pictured: The Suffolk Horsebox Bar Lynne Collins, Jo Collins and Georgia Pugh (owner)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037066)
Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019..Pictured: The Suffolk Horsebox Bar Lynne Collins, Jo Collins and Georgia Pugh (owner)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037066)

“I was so proud of Sudbury – the town centre looked great. I have had such amazing feedback from people saying how lovely the day was.

“It’s a free event, so we don’t count the number of people there, but I am sure this year was the best for attendance.

“Our new area by the town hall worked really well and there was more seating, so people stayed longer and enjoyed themselves.”

Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019..Pictured: Owner of The Long Melford Tea Room Terese Broadbent with her stall ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037065)
Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019..Pictured: Owner of The Long Melford Tea Room Terese Broadbent with her stall ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037065)

The kitchen theatre included shows by Will Wooster, of Wooster Bakery, Greig Young, head chef of The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds, and Fiona Murphy, of Moo Moo Cakes.

On Market Hill, stallholders sold beef, sausages and sausage rolls, bread, jams, marinades, pates, cakes and locally-distilled gins and vodkas.

Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019..Pictured: Fraser Felton from the Foragers retreat who have just opened in Pebmarsh ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037067)
Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019..Pictured: Fraser Felton from the Foragers retreat who have just opened in Pebmarsh ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037067)

There was a variety of food on offer, with one trader selling chicken, pasta, platters, ice cream and drinks – all from a converted horsebox.

Inside St Peter’s, more stalls were selling meat, brownies, macaroons, scones and pastries, sauces, Suffolk wines and apple juice.

This year’s event was sponsored by Hollow Trees Farm, Ernest Doe, Drage and Tozer and Suffolk Hideaways.

Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037061)
Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037061)

In order to keep the event free in future, Mrs Paul says she wants more businesses to come forward to sponsor it.

The event costs £25,000 to put on, and Mrs Paul said she wanted any potential sponsors to contact her for details on how to get involved next year.

To get involved, call 07704 627973.

Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037071)
Taste of Sudbury food festival 2019....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (12037071)


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