Venture over to the pretty market town of Beccles on Saturday 28th June and you may find more than you bargained for!
For those of you who are self-confessed ‘foodies’, the 2016 Beccles Food and Drink Festival will be just your cup of tea! With over 70 local food producers, celebrity chef appearances, tasting sessions and cooking demonstrations running from 9.30am throughout the day until 5.30pm, it looks set to be the perfect recipe for a great day out!
Kids will be kept entertained too with live music and fun activities during the festival. You might even persuade them to be more adventurous with new foods rather than sticking to the chicken nuggets and chips option for tea!
You’ll find FREE car parking at Beccles Quay where you’ll be presented with a complimentary map detailing the grazing trail through the town. Then begin the day in style by hopping on to the free horse drawn carriage which will whisk you into town and to the start of the trail.
The Beccles Food and Drink Festival was introduced to showcase local food and drink producers, suppliers and businesses from within the Waveney Valley area, as well as to promote this lovely Suffolk town.
In fact, if you get a chance between tasting sessions, you could take a stroll to discover some of the other delights that Beccles has to offer - Three independent butchers, two greengrocers, a fishmongers, delis, restaurants, and that’s besides all the other diverse and quirky little shops that make the town so unique!
Sticking to the subject of food, Suffolk has more than its fair share of delightful delicatessens and farmer shops scattered around the county…
Look out especially for seasonal specials - Suffolk’s coastal microclimate means that the area is perfectly suited to grow asparagus. From late April to mid-June, these purple and green spears of goodness are in season here if only for a few months. Along the Suffolk Coast asparagus is produced in abundance and sold in farm shops and farmers markets.
A visit to The Suffolk Coast isn’t really complete without sampling the produce from one of our traditional smokehouses. The family run business Anchor Smokehouse in Lowestoft is headed by John Raven, who has been in the fishing industry since he was 15. He bought the smokehouse 28 years ago, in order to preserve the traditional methods of smoking and curing fish. Having, such experience and understanding of fish, John ensures that he only selects the finest quality to smoke and cure - as all their happy customers will gladly testify!