It’s back! Read our preview of the Newmarket Food and Drink Festival in September
Foodies can pencil in a key date in their calendar as organisers announce that one of the region’s largest annual food and drink festivals, the Newmarket Food and Drink Festival, goes ahead as a ‘physical’ event this year.
The hugely popular free festival, which celebrates the finest food and drink from across East Anglia, attracted over 15,000 visitors in 2019. This year it is due to take place on September 11 and 12 at a new location, the grounds of The Jockey Club Rooms in the centre of Newmarket. The new location will create more space and organisers hope it will also open the Festival to a larger and more diverse audience. It also offers the chance to view inside one of the world’s most unique sporting venues – limited spaces offered by prior appointment.
Celebrity chefs topping the bill on the main stage this year include chef and TV presenter Rosemary Shrager; Tristan Welch, a regular on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen and Chef Director at Parker’s Tavern in Cambridge; and acclaimed master chef Hans Schweitzer, who has cooked for the Queen, presidents, dignitaries and celebrities across the globe. Each chef will demo a range of dishes to teach audiences new skills and offer inspiration in the kitchen.
In addition, the organisers plan to host more than 60 artisan food and drink producers from across East Anglia and present a weekend packed full of live music, a selection of bars, and family entertainment.
Further details regarding additional celebrity and top regional chefs, music and entertainment, and producers will be announced during the lead up to the festival.
Festival Chairman Noel Byrne says: ‘The Newmarket Food and Drink Festival team is delighted to be back after the event was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are even more excited to be hosting the event at a remarkable new location. This is a big step forward for the festival; hosting the event at The Jockey Club Rooms offers a fantastic opportunity in terms of accessibility and it is a brilliant space to build on the offer to our visitors. It also gives everyone a rare chance to see the grounds of The Jockey Club Rooms.
‘We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the thousands of people the festival attracts to the town for a weekend of fun and entertainment.’
Christopher Ogston, Jockey Club Rooms General Manager, adds: ‘We are delighted to be part of the Newmarket Food and Drink Festival and to be the location for this fantastic culinary event. Noel and the team have been working extremely hard to deliver an event that surpasses previous years. I am sure everyone attending will have a brilliant time watching the chef demonstrations, trying some of the tasty treats on offer, and enjoying the entertainment – which is always superb! – all within the exclusive Jockey Club Rooms grounds.’