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Beccles Food and Drink Festival has another successful year

PUBLISHED: 19:34 26 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:34 26 May 2018

Johnny Spillings, owner of the Penny Bun Bakehouse, with some of the varieties of bread he has at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Johnny Spillings, owner of the Penny Bun Bakehouse, with some of the varieties of bread he has at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Thousands of people descended on Beccles for its annual food and drink festival on Saturday.

Crowds gather around the Penny Bun Bakehouse stall at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCrowds gather around the Penny Bun Bakehouse stall at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The festival, from 10am to 4pm, saw 70 stalls set up in the centre of Beccles in New Market, the Public Hall, and St Michael’s Church, selling a variety of raw and cooked food, preserves, pickles oils, and other condiments, confectionery, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Paul Parravani, from Beccles Business and Tourism Association, who organised the event jointly with the Beccles Lions club, said: “It has been a fantastic event. We have had a huge amount of people, 70 stalls, and the town has been full all day.

“It has been a beautiful day as well so we are really pleased with how it has gone.

“We have had a couple of new people this year including the guys from Harleston Cider and it was nice to see them come along as well as a lot of the old favourites as well.”

Bread at the Penny Bun Bakehouse stall at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBread at the Penny Bun Bakehouse stall at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He added: “It all seems to have gone nice and smoothly. I couldn’t have asked for it to be any better to be honest, we’ve had no hiccups at all.

“The food festival team has worked really hard and the Beccles Lions have helped us because we were struggling with people. Lots of people have done bits and pieces for us to help it go smoothly, and thank you to all of them.”

Karen Rees with some examples of the drinks on the Tiny Tipple Company's stall at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYKaren Rees with some examples of the drinks on the Tiny Tipple Company's stall at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Crowds at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCrowds at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The unofficial town crier, Yanny Mac, and his escort, Hannah Cairns, at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe unofficial town crier, Yanny Mac, and his escort, Hannah Cairns, at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Bread at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBread at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Trying the food at the Beccles Food Festival is George Clark, aged 10. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTrying the food at the Beccles Food Festival is George Clark, aged 10. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Cakes at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCakes at the Beccles Food Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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