Local producers prepare to wow the crowds at Greene King festival

2 May, 2012

Luxury doughnuts, fresh-cooked curry and a unique, beer-cured fish dish are just some of the tasty treats local producers are preparing to serve up at the Greene King Real Beer and Food Festival later this month.

More than 40 local businesses are now confirmed for the two-day food and ale extravaganza being held in the grounds of Bury St Edmunds-based brewery on May 19 and 20.

They include former MasterChef contestant Tim Matthews, whose Artisan Smokehouse stall will be showcasing a Greene King-inspired hot salmon fusion created especially for the festival.

He said: “We added Greene King IPA when curing the fish and the results are fantastic! – The hoppy flavour of the IPA and the earthy flavours of the salmon really complement each other.”

Returning for a second year The Artisan Smokehouse will also display an array of quality smoked cheeses, meats, fish, mushrooms and oils.

“We love the event,” Tim added. “It’s great to see Greene King showing real support to local sellers. It helps us raise our profile across Suffolk and is great for beer drinkers like me too!” 

Other exhibitors include mother and daughter team Clare and Carol Bennett, who are looking forward to bringing their six-month-old business Curry with Love to the people of Bury St Edmunds.

Clare said: “We’ll be cooking a variety of dishes from our menu throughout the day to provide the perfect accompaniment to a pint of beer. We’re really looking forward to meeting new customers and seeing what people think of our products. We only started out six months ago so an event like this gives us a great opportunity to meet like-minded foodies.” 

Jamie Smallwood from Jam Gourmet Doughnuts will also be at the festival. Starting the business late last year, Jamie is keen to meet other producers and introduce people to his gourmet take on this classic sweet treat.

Jamie said: “Meeting your customers face to face and watching people enjoy your food is what it’s all about. I’m really looking forward to the festival and everything it has to offer a new starter like us.”

Food stands will be open from 10am-5pm on both days with a full programme of local live music extending into the evening on the Saturday.

Tickets for the festival  cost £4 for adults and can also be bought from the Greene King Visitor Centre, on Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, or by calling 01284 714 297. They are also available from the Apex Box Office, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758 000). Admission will be free for under 16s.

Limited parking will be available on a first come first served basis for £2 per car in the Greene King car park (off Cullum Road).


For more information, please contact Jo Kreckler, PR manager, Greene King Brewing and Brands on 07974 132635,

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