Beccles Food and Drink Festival postponed till 2021
It is with great regret that the organising team have decided to postpone Beccles Food and Drink Festival 2020.
Planning was in the advanced stages, we had the first draft of our 32 page programme, and we were excited about the increased number and variety of stalls, new venues, new Fringe events and a fresh and diverse cookery theatre line-up.
However, the health and safety of all of our helpers, stall holders and visitors must always be our top priority, and with the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK expected around the date of the Festival, we believe postponement is the right decision. Early postponement allows all involved to plan accordingly, minimises business disruption and ensures we do not incur unrecoverable costs that would jeopardise the running of future Festivals.
In order to support those businesses who have booked and paid for stalls, adverts and Fringe events, full refunds will be made as soon as possible.
We would like to thank those organisations who had agreed to assist with our Festival this year, and without whose support we could not run the event: Beccles Lions, Helping Hands, Bungay Area Community Transport, Beccles Business and Tourism Association, St Michael’s Church, Hungate Church and Hall, the Waveney Centre, East Coast College, Beccles Town Council, Beccles Farmers Market, Andrew Elvin Removals, and of course the businesses in Beccles and the wider area who have stalls, host Fringe events, take programme adverts, and donate competition prizes.
We hope you understand the reasons we have taken this difficult decision, and we look forward to coming back bigger and better in 2021.
Beccles Food Festival Organising Team
VIRTUAL BECCLES FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
The organising team have decided that we are not going to be beaten by Covid-19, and the Beccles Food and Drink Festival 2020 will go ahead after all………..at least, in a virtual sense! We owe that to our stall holders, Fringe hosts, advertisers and visitors.
Every day, from now until life returns to some form of normality, or until we run out of items, we will post elements of this year’s Festival on our Facebook page. These could be details of online ordering from our stall holders, messages, videos, menus and cookery demos, music, and photos from past Festivals.
Please go to and follow the page to get the daily updates:
VIRTUAL FESTIVAL POSTS
BECCLES FOOD & DRINK (VIRTUAL) FESTIVAL 2020 – POST 4
STALL 83 (St Michael’s Church) – Stokes Sauces
‘From all of us here at Stokes Sauces, we want to extend our warmest wishes to you all in these turbulent times. Whilst our retail customers are working harder than ever to keep the shelves stocked, we’d also like to remind you that you can shop online for your favourites sauces which will be safely delivered to your doorstep. Shop here and enjoy free delivery on all orders over £20: www.stokessauces.co.uk/shop.
You can also get inspired with our brand new recipes section on our new website – a variety of sweet and savoury recipes, with new ideas added every week, along with our top 10 uses for your Stokes favourites! Find the recipes here: www.stokessauces.co.uk/recipes’
BECCLES FOOD & DRINK (VIRTUAL) FESTIVAL 2020 – POST 3
STALL 66 (New Market) – Yum Yum Tree Fudge Company
Lily and Adrian make fudge using natural flavour where possible and sugar from British Sugar at nearby Bury St Edmunds. They are due to move into a new unit from their home-based business, but are instead delivering fresh produce to their local area during the Coronavirus pandemic. Check out their offer below.
“A big thank you to everyone who supported us at our factory open day, we really hope you enjoyed the 11 new flavours.
For those who were not able to make it, now is your chance to order some with this offer!
11 new flavours for limited time only:
Forest Fruits, Banana Split, Blackcurrant, Suffolk Honey, Salted Maple, Marzipan Bakewell, Chai Latte, Grapefruit and Cherry & chocolate.
We have also added two new flavours to our Plant Based Fudge range: Coconut Raspberry and Coconut Mango.
As well as these new flavours, we have brought back a few favourites such as, Violet, Elderflower, Lychee, Sour Apple and Peaches & Cream.
2 Extra bags FREE when you order 5 FOR £15 or more, on any flavour.
(Excludes The Big Six)
This is for a limited time only (Expires midnight Tuesday 31st March 2020)
NEW Easy Steps
1. Select the 5 for £15 Multi-Buy offer
2. Choose your flavours
3. Then Click Redeem Voucher and add “NEWFLAVOURS” case sensitive
4. Then select your 2 free flavours
5 Add to basket
We have edited our system to make ordering easier for you, but if you have any problems,please call us right away on 07515 679100 or 01359 270285 to order over the phone.
You can FREEZE our Fudge and eat it straight from the freezer for a completely different experience”.
Lily and Adrian
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BECCLES FOOD & DRINK (VIRTUAL) FESTIVAL 2020 – POST 2
STALL 12 (Sheepgate) – Harleston Cider
In light of recent events surrounding Covid-19 we have sadly had to cancel our monthly cidery tours as well as numerous markets and fairs that we were due to attend. Instead, we are now offering a free delivery service to the following postcodes when you spend £25 or above: IP20, IP21, IP22, IP23 & NR15, NR16, NR35
Any orders below £25 will be subject to a £5 fee. Simply select ‘Home Delivery’ at the checkout if you are within our catchment. Deliveries will be made weekly on a Friday.
BECCLES FOOD & DRINK (VIRTUAL) FESTIVAL 2020 – POST 1
STALL 53 (New Market) – East Coast Chilli Co.
In view of the cancellation of this year’s Festival, East Coast Chilli Company would like to offer FREE POSTAGE on orders to all your attendees. This is an Beccles-specific offer that will not be advertised elsewhere. Please click on the link to find out more: https://www.eastcoastchillicompany.co.uk/free-postage-offe…/
We had some wonderful prizes lined up for this year so we hope to bring these and possibly more to you at next years event.
Battle of the Beccles Scones
We had a number of Local cafes lined up to provide scones to be tasted so we hope this Battle can be resumed next year.
Although work was advanced on the programme we hope a lot of that can be carried forward to next year and we will be able to bring you a bigger and better programme with more information and recipes.
We had a full programme of Fringe events lined up for you this year and we hope that these, and perhaps more, will be available at next years Fringe.
Anyone interested in taking part please contact email@example.com
Planning to Attend the 2020 Beccles Food & Drink Festival
We had already booked all of our stalls for this year and as we have not been able to provide a Festival to allow them to promote their business we have decided to use our website to give them whatever promotion we can in these challenging times.
Below will be a list of the stalls with information and links to their websites if available.
Please bare with us on this as it will take some time to build up the list so this will be an ongoing project.
Anyone interested in coming to 2021 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get to the Festival!
Planning to visit the Festival?
With good bus and rail links, and hubs within a 5 minute walk of the town centre, we recommend arriving by public transport. A FREE Park & Ride service will operate on Festival day from Beccles Quay Car Park (NR34 9BH). Follow the Festival Car Park signs on the day.
Key locations in the town on the Day
Marked on the map below are the locations of the Park & Ride and Stallholders Car Park. Plus the major locations of the festival itself with stalls in the Hungate and St Michael’s Churches and around New Market and Sheepgate in the centre of town.
We had an exciting lineup planned for The Cookery Theatre, in it’s new home at Hungate Church, this year so we hope to be able to bring these to you in 2021.
Information will be posted here when available.
Gallery of images from 2019
Photo credits: Dominic Parkes
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