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Our craft market returns to Clare in May

Here is a little taster of the gorgeous handmade treasures you’ll find at our Clare Craft Markets which returns on Saturday, May 11th. You’ll find a beautiful selection of over twenty stalls inside Clare Town Hall from 10am until 4pm including collages and cards from Artley Hare Designs, pressed flower art from Orange Hopper Arts, unique silver jewellery from Andrea Wright Designs, fused glass from Studio 50 Art, and upcyled furniture from The Vintage peony Store.

Our delicious Pop Up Cafe, run by Food by Jooley will be serving the very best light lunches and freshly baked buns and cakes and, as always, entry is totally free of charge and no ticket is required.

It’s the perfect day out with lots of beautiful handmade stalls in a really pretty setting so pop along this Saturday and enjoy a couple of hours immersing yourself in a world full of handmade loveliness!

Remember there is plenty of parking in Clare Country Park Car Park which is just a two minute walk away.

Entry is free of charge.

10am – 4pm

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Our two farmers markets at the end of April

On Sunday 28th April our award winning farmers market at Lavenham returns with over 40 stalls including fresh organic vegetables, local meats, cheese, handmade pies, sausages, fresh fish, chocolate, fresh coffee beans, Indian street food, freshly made bagels, cider, craft beer, and fresh sourdoughs, cakes and brownies plus a range of arts and crafts.

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am – 1.30pm

Before that we have Sudbury Farmers Market on Friday 26th April on Market Hill in the centre of Sudbury. We will have our regular strong range of over 25 local traders including fresh fish, local meat and vegetables, fresh bread, donuts, cakes and bakes, cheese and pies as well as handmade crafts, soaps and candles.

Market Hill, Sudbury, 9.30am – 2pm

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Chef Line up announced for Taste of East Anglia

The popular food & drink festival announces a very exciting line up of chefs this year.

`We’ve always just focussed on showcasing the best local chefs and artisan producers on our kitchen stage and this year is no different – but it is probably the most exciting line up for many years. These chefs are a perfect fit for the Taste of East Anglia; they represent all the best values of our local food & drink scene which this festival will always want to champion.’ Stated festival organiser Justine Paul

Making his debut on the stage the executive chef now leading the kitchen at The Bildeston Crown, Freddie Fallon who joined the business last year having set up restaurants in London – he will be blending Asian influences into local produce from the Nedging Hall Estate.

Making a very welcome return and labelled by The Good Food Guide as the `chef to watch’ (which you will quite literally be able to do at the festival!) is James Carn – owner and chef of Lark restaurant.

Another award winner is Suffolk favourite Alan Paton. Alan won the Sausage Rolloff this year – a  very keenly annually contested Sausage roll competition and he will be showing off his Award-winning Black pudding Battenberg sausage roll, and as ever be handing out tasters.  

Festival favourite father and son combination – Will & Simon Wooster will be back to give insights into baking the best breads at home plus the festival theatre will also be showcasing the skills of Lee Cooper, head chef at Squires at the Bedford Lodge Hotel, Sam Sturman former Suffolk Chef of the year and now head chef at The Bull at Troston. Greg Strolenberg of Lavenham Butchers will also show off his butchery skills as he demonstrates the nutritional values of locally sourced Muntjac.

The kitchen theatre will be headed and compered by Jon Jackaman, a highly experienced and well-respected chef, having worked in a string of prestigious restaurants including The Marriot Marble Arch and The Ritz before starting Infusions and creating the ICE brand in Bury St Edmunds

A feast of wonderful chefs to enjoy this year at the kitchen theatre at the Taste of East Anglia Food & Drink Festival.

Tickets are just £6 for adults (18 years +)

Children go free (17 years and under)

10am – 5pm

15th June 2024

Dogs are welcome.

Tickets can be bought via the festival website – www.tasteofeastanglia.co.uk

FREE parking

Kentwell Hall, High Street, Long Melford, CO10 9BA

www.tasteofeastanglia.co.uk

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Colchester Farmers Market returns on Saturday

We are delighted to be back on The Piazza outside the Mercury Theatre this Saturday for our farmers market in Colchester.

Beats & Bagels will be back with their delicious bagels that work for breakfast, brunch and lunch and we have Mena’s range of samosa and paneers. We’ve got beer from Briarbank Brewery and local wines from Bromley Brook Vineyard. There’s meat and organic vegetables from Colletts Farm and Lauriston Farm plus sausages from Totham Bangers, honey from Lovelands, fresh fish and seafood from Duke’s Seafood, jams from Country Cottage Preserves and we welcome new trader Organic Alex with frsh vegan produce as well as Mycotek with their range of mushrooms! Tenshed Bakery returns with fresh bread and sourdoughs as does regulars Hoskyn’s Deli with local cheeses and home made pies, fresh coffee beans come from Medley’s and those with a sweater tooth should look out for cakes and and bakes from Alex’s Artisan Bakery, brownies from Essex Bakery, Tempr’d Chocolate bars, fudge from Woodland Bakeaway and cookies from the Alabama Biscuit Company.

Bulbs and plants come from Vegelicious plus dog treats from The Treat Box, jewellery from Sage & Seasalt, soaps & hand creams from Thistle and Rose, candles from Elsie & Tom and block print homeware from Charlotte.

We look forward to seeing you there

Saturday 6th April 9.30am – 2pm

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

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The Cornhill comes alive for the Ipswich Artisan Market this Sunday

The Cornhill welcomes back this popular artisan market pn Sunday 7th April. This market always creates a real buzz in the historic centre of Ipswich as local artisan stalls will fill the area with sights and smells.

Since its inception in 2019 to galvanise the town centre and to celebrate the renewal of The Cornhill, the artisan market delivered by Suffolk Market Events in collaboration with Ipswich Borough Council continues to prove a popular date with residents and town centre visitors.

Now in its fifth year and originally set up as a farmers’ market, the event has evolved into a high-quality artisan market with up to 30 local traders offering a range of local produce, drink and street food as well as arts & crafts.

Justine Paul, owner of Suffolk Market Events; `Wow it feels a long time since we first came to the Cornhill with our banners and A boards back in 2019. Of course, since its start we had to adapt to Covid regulations as well as the challenges that all town centres have faced. However the market continues to be really popular and we love coming into the heart of the town to bring extra fun and vibrancy – there is something here for all the family and lots of delicious food to taste and special gifts to buy on the day’

There will be plenty of fresh street food to eat on the day including wood fired pizzas from Smokey Deez and New Orleans smoked meats Po’ Boys from the Nola Bayou Kitchen.

There is a great choice of pies from Hoskyn’s Deli & cheese from The Cheese & Pie Man, plus jams, pickles and chutneys from Bev’s Pantry and honey from Quinns Bees.

There a fantastic mix of cakes stalls including vegan pastries from The Norwegian Bakers, cookies from The Cookie Company, delicious brownies from the Essex Bakery, fudge from Tini’s Fudge and chunky chocolates from Tempr’d.

Wash it all down with some local ale from the Briarbank Brewery or gin from Meadow Oak Distillery plus a range of spirits from Stardust Spirits or even some Kombucha from Scoby’s Ferments

There will be local craft stalls including candles and diffusers from Hare Cottage, jewellery from Sage & Seasalt and Latino Accessories, home accessories from Maud & Vera, cards and prints from Robyn Graves Illustrations, handcrafted wooden boxes from Keadles Woodworks, fresh flowers from Leanna Morris as well as kids clothes from Tuppence Street – plus bring your four legged friends as Boo Barking Bakery will have some special treats for them as well.

Up to thirty stalls will be filling the Cornhill so it’s a perfect way to stay local, buy local and enjoy the heart of the county town.

The Ipswich Artisan & Producers Market is on Sunday April 7th

Market runs form 10am – 3pm

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Mauldons Brewery becomes a sponsor of Taste of East Anglia

Same great event with a new name and a brand new local sponsor!

Following the great success of the Taste of Sudbury last year, in its new home at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford. We are proud to unveil our new name Taste of East Anglia with plans are already well in place to ensure 2024 is even better.

`Supporting local producers and celebrating local food and drink has been the core focus of the festival for several years. It is important, and indicative of the success of the festival, that we have several local businesses supporting it and this year we are thrilled to announce that Mauldons Brewery will be one of main sponsors of the festival’ states Justine Paul who is part of the team at Suffolk Market Events that the runs the festival. `Mauldons is such a perfect fit for the Taste of East Anglia; they represent all the best values of our local food & drink sector which this festival will always want to showcase.’

Mauldons Brewery forms part of the Nedging Hall Estate, crafting award-winning real ales since 1795. Nedging Hall Estate is a family-owned country estate in Suffolk. The Estate comprises of The Bildeston Crown, Lindsey Rose, The Brewery Tap Sudbury and Nedging Hall.

Charlie Buckle of Nedging Hall Estate stated; Mauldons is Suffolk’s oldest brewery and we’re proud of its history and heritage in East Anglia. We are delighted to sponsor Taste of East Anglia and be part of an event that showcases the very best food and drink that the area has to offer.

The festival has always attracted all the family to attend. There is something for everyone this year. Over seventy stalls will be selling a wonderful selection of regional, artisan food and drink products as well as delicious Street Food, local Craft Ales and lager and plenty of fizz.

The popular main kitchen theatre will be running all day showcasing a range of Suffolk’s best chefs and bakers, there will be music from Bedford45 and free activities for children.

Tickets are just £6 for adults (18 years +)

Children go free (17 years and under)

10am – 5pm

15th June 2024

Dogs are welcome.

Tickets can be bought via the festival website – www.tasteofeastanglia.co.uk

FREE parking

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Taste of East Anglia Tickets now on sale!

We’re delighted to open up ticket sales for this popular food & drink festival held at Kentwell Hall.

The Taste of East Anglia will be located once again in the grounds of this famous Tudor mansion in Long Melford on Saturday 15th June 2024.

In 2023 this festival hosted over 70 artisan producers from the region as well as local crafters plus a great line up of chefs put on a wonderful show in the kitchen demonstration tent and we are aiming to deliver an equally successful festival in 2024.

Tickets are just £6 for adults and free for all children aged 17 and under.

Click here to buy your tickets

We look forward to seeing you there.

Taste of East Anglia Food & Drink Festival

15th June 2024

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA

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Wishing you all a very merry Christmas

and a happy New Year!

Many thanks for all your support over the year and we look forward to seeing you again in 2024.

Our first farmers markets in 2024 are:

Sudbury Farmers Market on Friday 26th January

Lavenham Farmers Market on Sunday 28th January

See you there!

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Our festive evening market this Saturday in Colchester

Come along to our first Christmas Evening Market this Saturday 16th December on the piazza outside The Mercury Theatre. From 4pm we will have a great range of local produce, street food, crafts and Christmas entertainment!

Look out for stalls selling freshly baked cakes, brownies and cookies from The Alabama Biscuit Company, The Essex Bakery and Crumbs Alive. There’s handmade pies and local cheeses from Hoskyn’s Deli plus jams and chutneys from Country Cottage Preserves, honey from Lovelands and pickles from The Sticky Pickle Company. Chunky chocolate comes from Temprd, fresh coffee beans from Medleys plus wine from Bromley Brook Vineyards as well as craft ale from Roughacre Brewery and gins and spirits from Meadow Oak Distillery and English Spirit.

There’s great craft stalls selling a perfect selection of unique Christmas gifts including Aroma Glow candles, upcycled clothes and decorations from Wrenwild, photography from Rebecca Sheil and stunning jewellery from Barley Craft and Zoe Jane.

Make sure you bring an appetite as we have delicious Street Food including the est Chicken Burgers from Peck, Indian street food from Tikka Tonic and Neapolitan style pizzas from The Little Pizza Oven.

It all kicks off at 4-8pm on The Piazza, outside The Mercury Theatre

Saturday 16th December

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Our last Farmers Market of 2024 is in Lavenham this Sunday!

For many this is a monthly date in the diary – to visit this lovely village and over 40 local traders who make up the farmers market. This Sunday we’re back at the village hall with a wonderful selction of food, drink and crafts. Look out for our new stalls including craft ale from Artefact Brewery and delicious bagels from Beats & Bagels.

As always there will be street food including Mena’s Indian street food, barista coffee to keep you fortified whilst you enjoy shopping and sampling the range of artisan food, drink and crafts on offer. We’ve got chilli jams, honey, jams and pickles, sourdough and focaccia, samosa and bhajis, apples and apple ciders & vinegars, craft ales and local spirits, vegan pastries and chocolate brownies, fresh handmade pies, local cheeses, fresh pork and beef, sausages organic vegetables. Plus candles, soaps and hand creams as well as plants and herbs.

It all starts at 10am at Lavenham Village Hall – dogs very welcome and free parking.