Celebrating it’s 5th year, the popular Beccles Food and Drink Festival is returning in 2019 to tantalise the taste buds.
The free event, set for Saturday 25th May, will showcase over 70 food and drink stalls, many of them local artisan producers, as well as those from further afield in East Anglia. As well as many stalls which have supported the event from the start.
New traders to feature include those making artisan Scotch eggs, Greek Cypriot skewers, Suffolk gin and vodka, and bacon relish, mayonnaise and mustard.
Based in the centre of the vibrant market town around New Market, Sheepgate, in St Michael’s Church and the Public Hall, the Festival runs from 10 am till 4 pm and will include cookery demonstrations and talks, street food, music and children’s entertainment.
A free Park & Ride shuttle service will run throughout the event from Beccles Quay, where additional parking will be available.
Building on the successful formula of previous years, some new and exciting features, including Fringe events at some food and drink venues in the local area from the 18th May to the 2nd June, are planned.
Exciting news this year as there are a number of changes coming as promised.
Firstly Fringe Events.
This year we have organised 12 (yes twelve!) tantalising events which are being held within 15 miles of Beccles. These range from children’s workshops at a local farm, special menu’s and events at local restaurants and a tour of a chocolate factory (yes did you know Beccles has it’s very own chocolate factory) yum,yum!
Details of these events are shown below and are being promoted on social media so please follow us on facebook and/or twitter.
Secondly Competition Time your chance to Win a number of “Tasty” prizes!!!
While you are taking our Grazing Trail around the stalls, keep an eye out for those with the competition stamps. Collect the four different stamps in your free Festival Programme to stand the chance of winning one or four amazing food and drink related prizes.
Take your completed entry form to the Public Hall and 4 entries will be drawn to see who receives a prize. Details and rules can be found in this year’s Festival Programme, due for release mid April.
Thirdly Battle of the Beccles Bangers
Have you ever wanted to try a variety of local sausages all in one place at one time and judge which you believe to be the best? Now is your chance. Another new feature of the Festival this year is a mini “Battle of the Beccles Bangers”. In our Cookery Theatre at Beccles Public Hall, students from East Coast College will be cooking a selection of sausage tasters for the public to vote for their favourite. The time of this event will be published in the brand new Festival Programme.
Finally did we mention the Festival Programme?
Yes this year we will be producing a 28 page colourful programme containing the usual Grazing Trail Map but also many other pieces of information. There will be competition details, fringe event details and recipes from local chef’s. The programmes will be available from local businesses in Beccles and the surrounding area from April. So keep an eye out on social media for more information and we look forward to seeing everyone on the 25th May. Tell your friends, bring your family and good luck collecting stamps!
Harris and James Chocolate Experience
Venue: Harris and James, Common Lane North, Beccles NR34 9BL
Dates: 18 May 2019
Time: 10:00 until 12:00
Description: Harris & James was established in 2016, is owned and run by father and son team Richard and Alex James Harris-Godfrey. It is the result of Richard’s passion for a culinary delight and a desire to develop and share with others. Harris and James make small batch chocolate with beans sourced directly from farms and cooperatives around the world, rather than buying bulk processed chocolate.
Come and see how we make our chocolate with lots of tasting on the way! Our chocolate maker will take you through the process of bean….to bar.
Contact: Richard Godfrey 01502 726061
Max Number: 20
5 Course Vegan Supper
Venue: Relish Cafe, 2-4 Market Row Beccles NR34 0HF
Dates: Saturday 18 May 2019
Time: 19:00 until 22:00
Description: At Relish Café in response to an increased demand for Vegan food we have purchased the cookbooks & are having fun developing the Vegan range on the menu.
Our Fringe Event is the perfect opportunity to showcase how delicious & exciting Vegan food can be with a freshly prepared, 5 course Vegan Supper.
Diners are invited to bring their own drinks.
The café is the perfect venue for a relaxed evening with friends.
Contact: 01502 714899
Max Number: 24
Enjoy a “Suffolk Menu”
Venue: Waveney House Hotel, Puddingmoor, Beccles NR34 9PL
Dates: Saturday 18, Sunday 19 & Friday 31 May
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June 2019
Time: 12:00 – 15:00 / 18:30 – 21:00
Price: 2 Course £20 3 Course £25
Description: Join us for a delicious 2 or 3 course meal from our set ‘Suffolk Menu’. Featuring seasonal dishes using local Suffolk suppliers.
Pre-book your table now to avoid disappointment.
Contact: Charlotte Denny 01502 712270
A Taste of Suffolk
Penny Bun artisan breads | olive oil | balsamic vinegar | Fen Farm Dairy raw butter
Crispy poached Low Farm egg | Dingley Dell smoked bacon and potato rosti |
Stokes dijon mustard emulsion
Locally smoked kipper | lemon and parsley butter | granary croute
Local asparagus pannacotta | crisp bread thins | garden salsa verde | v,vg
Chargrilled Dingley Dell pork cutlet | apple and celeriac remoulade
Fresh Lowestoft caught fish of the day | Stokes tartare sauce
Aubergine, spinach and spring onion burger | Penny Bun bap | crisp lettuce | tomato | beetroot humous | v,vg
All served with hand cut triple cooked chips and sautéed green vegetables
D’hôtel Patisserie assiette of desserts | v, vg
Pump street chocolate and Adnams Ghostship cake | chocolate & ‘Munchy Seeds’
soil | homemade honey ice-cream | local edible flower
An Evening of Spice & Flavour with Graze
Venue: Graze at The White Horse, 29 New Market, Beccles NR34 9HE
Dates: 21, 22, 23 May 2019
Time: 18:00 until 20:30
Description: Graze Chef David Little has a passion for Asian food. Whilst travelling around Thailand David has enjoyed wonderful street food and has created a delicious menu you to enjoy. Join us for an evening of spice and flavour! Enjoy a set 3 course Asian inspired meal at Graze. Vegetarian food choices available.
Please book in advance:
Contact: Kevin Wainwright
Phone: 01502 715974
Thai Food Night Set Menu
Thai chicken salad
Tom yum soup (v)
Thai red duck curry with pineapple
Thai red curry with tofu (v)
Both served with rice, coriander, thai basil & chilli
Coconut ice cream with lime syrup
Venue: Momiji Japanese Restaurant, 74 London Road, Harleston IP20 9BZ
Dates: 21, 22, 23 May 2019
Time: 18:00 –
Max Number: 45
Description: Momiji Japanese Restaurant, run by Charlotte and Taka Nakamoto in Harleston, is holding “Sushi Nights”. A good selection of sushi, all freshly made to order, awaits you. If you’ve only ever had “supermarket type sushi”, you should try the real thing! In addition, some of our most popular cooked Japanese dishes are available so you can feast on sushi, or mix and match. If you haven’t tried Japanese food before, don’t be nervous, we’re happy to provide as much guidance as you need! Please find us on Facebook or see our website for future Sushi Nights.
Booking advisable. Please call to reserve your table
Contact: Charlotte Nakamoto, 01379 852288
Cheese and Wine Evening
Venue: Baileys Delicatessen 2 Hungate, Beccles NR34 9TL
Dates: Friday 24 May 2019
Time: 19:00 until 21:00
Price: £55 pp
Maximum number: 38
Description: Baileys invites you to join us for an evening of cheese inspired dishes prepared by our head chef and owner Paul Buck. Each dish is paired with a wine which has been selected to compliment its flavours. Four course meal including wine.
Contact: 01502 710609
A Japanese Dining Experience
Venue: Urban Jungle London Road, Beccles NR34 8TT
Dates: 24 May 2019
Time: 18:00 – 23:00
Max Attendees: 60
Description: During the month of May at Urban Jungle, we’re celebrating all things Japanese in our Nursery and Cafe, with plants and food carefully connected to the distinct and fascinating Japanese culture, promoting a feeling of zen and ikigai (finding your bliss).
And, as part of the 2019 Beccles Food and Drink Festival’s Fringe Events, we will be hosting a Japanese banquet, celebrating this unique cuisine, enjoy 5 courses with an arrival drink.
Arrive to Sake, and browse the striking outdoor plants including Japanese maples, flowering cherries, Wisteria, Azaleas, Camellias, and bamboo, with Kokedama and bonsai inside the Jungle Cafe.
At 7.30pm your Japanese dining experience will begin, including a selection of dishes such as Udon noodles, Sushi, and Katsu to share.
To book please contact: 01502 559103
Rosedale Charity Fete
Venue: Rosedale Yard 22 Hungate, Beccles, NR34 9TT
Dates: 25 May 2019
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Description: Roll up! Roll Up! Drop by and see the Rosedale Team at Hungate Yard, where we will be cooking up a storm of activities to raise funds for Beccles Mayoral Appeal for new play equipment at Beccles Quay, and for Nelsons Journey. There’ll be old fashioned fun and great prizes for big and little kids alike, including a ‘Boozy Lucky Dip’, ‘Food & Drink Quiz’, ‘Guess the name of the Teddy’, ‘How many chocs in the jar’, ‘Toilet Roll Tower Challenge’, photo booth and much, much, more.
Contact: 01502 714445
Chet Vineyard sparkling wine tour and canapés
Venue: Chet Vineyard, Loddon Road, Bergh Apton NR15 1BT
Dates: Monday 27 May
Time: 13:00 until 16:00
Maximum number: 30
Description: Chet Vineyard Owner and winemaker John Hemmant specialises in making sparkling wine. This unique event is the first opportunity to sample some of his range of Norfolk sparkling wines as you stroll through the vines enjoying the tranquil rural Norfolk setting. Canapés will be served with the Norfolk sparkling wine. John will personally lead the Vineyard tour and show visitors round his winery and demonstrate how the wine is made.
Contact: John Hemmant, 01508 333002
Spring Pudding Nights
Venue: Wine Vaults, 2a Blyburgate, Beccles NR34 9TA
Dates: 28, 29, 30 May 2019
Description: Celebrate Spring and Beccles Food and Drink Festival Fringe with a delicious selection of mains and puddings. A Main Course plus all you can eat pudding buffet.
Booking and payment need to be made in advance.
Contact: 01502 713381
Main Course Choices
- Chicken breast with a Parmesan cream sauce with new potatoes and vegetables
- Roast cod with a tomato, basil and pepper sauce, new potatoes and vegetables
- Keralan sweet potato and coconut curry with basmati rice and naan bread
- Warm chocolate fondant
- Tart au chocolat
- Bramley tart au pomme
- Dark chocolate & salted caramel brownie
- Cherry bakewell tart
- Banoffee pie
- Treacle tart
- Sticky toffee pudding
- Vanilla and strawberry cheesecake
- Passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake
- New York style vanilla baked cheesecake
Little Farmers / Sausage Making Workshops
Venue: Meadow Classroom, Maisebrook Farm, Shipmeadow NR34 8HJ
Dates: 28, 29 May 2019
Time: Little Farmers 28 May 10:00 until 12:00
Sausage Making Workshops 29 May 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00
Price: Little Farmers £6
Sausage Making £15 (£10 additional siblings)
Description: Little Farmers – Join us on the farm to meet the animals and get hands on with my farmer jobs!
Sausage Making – Do you want to know more about where your food comes from? Why not join us for our sausage making workshop? You’ll find out about our pigs and what is in a Maisebrooke sausage. You’ll have plenty to take home for tea
Contact: Laura Corbett 07791 066874
Max Number: Little Farmers 15
Sausage Making 10
Best of British Lamb
Venue: Beccles Farmers Market, Old Heliport, Ellough, NR34 7XF
Dates: Saturday 1 June 2019
Time: 09:00 until 13:00
Description: On June 1st we are celebrating the best of British Lamb with a live butchery demonstration from D J Barnards (our resident lamb producer) at 10:30am alongside the other 25+ local farmers and artisansWe will also have wool spinning demos, a lamb naming competition and a raffle to win a prize hamper worth £30. Free entry. Ample parking including disabled. Sorry, guide dogs only.
Contact: Margarett Hall, 01502 476240
Already Booked to Attend The 2019 Beccles Food & Drink Festival
Ailsa’s Country Cream Fudge
Ampersand Brew Co
Blackbird Cottage Fine Foods
Cakes to Celebrate
Carol’s Cakes & Bakes
Carr Farm Geese
DJ Wines Ltd
E A Mayhew & Sons
East Anglian Air Ambulance
East Norfolk Trading
ES Burroughs & Son
Graze at The White Horse
Help for Heroes Charity
Hog & Ale
Kenton Hall Longhorn Beef
Kim’s Norfolk Kitchen
McCarthy’s Country Store
Nanna Lee’s Pantry
Parravani’s Ice Cream
Pepperells Meats Ltd
Riverford Organic Farmers
Scarlett & Mustard
St Peter’s Brewery
Suffolk Coffee Pod
The Bon Bakery
The Norfolk Truffle Co
The Penny Bun Bakehouse
The Tiny Tipple Company
The Souvlaki Shak
The Suffolk Distillery
The Suffolk Pate Company
The Tiny Tipple Company
The Wrap Bar
Truly Traceable Venison & Game
Two Magpies Bakery
Valley Farm Vineyards
Waveney Valley Smokehouse
Yare Valley Oils
Yum Yum Tree Fudge
Photo credits: James Norman – Charlotte James Photography