Preparations for town festival gather pace

Organisers are expecting thousands of people to come to Sudbury’s first food and wine festival when it takes place in two weeks’ time.

Taste of Sudbury boasts a line-up of eight restaurant head chefs who will cook their favourite dishes on stage.

Greg and Ray, from The Suffolk Larder, plan to show how people can eat muntjac deer as one of the live cookery demonstrations being planned outside St Peter’s.

The chef line-up includes Regis Crepy, from Lavenham’s Great House restaurant, Chris Lee, from The Bildeston Crown, who is making his Suffolk chicken and lobster dish, and Lee Clark, from the Henny Swan.

Festival-goers will get free tastings from exhibitors at stalls on Market Hill and in St Peter’s.

Organiser Jane Hatton, from Sudbury Town Team, said: “We have a lot of good food in Sudbury and around his area and most of the exhibitors are local, which demonstrates what a great area we live in for food and drink.

“The majority of the 50 exhibitors will be providing tasters so there is really no reason why anyone would not want to come. There will be free food and drink, and free parking.”

She said the team had been inundated with inquiries to take part in the one-day event on Sunday, June 23, and expects thousands to come along.

Mark David, from Hadleigh cookery school The Cooking Experience, will compere during the day. He also comperes at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, on which the Sudbury festival is based,

Woodhall Primary School and Ormiston Sudbury Academy pupils will sing to open and close the event.