Ely Eel Festival

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Ely Eel Festival

This May the humble Eel is becoming the focus of an extravaganza of fun and food related activities as part of the Ely’s tenth Eel Festival weekend.

To celebrate the Festival’s ten years, this year’s activities will last from Friday 2nd to Monday 5th May are going to be bigger than ever and will include:

*       An Eel Food Safari which will see restaurants and cafés producing special festival dishes/menus such as eel shaped biscuits, eel bread, slippery eel cocktail. Participating venues will display an Eel Food Safari logo to show they are part of the promotion throughout the weekend.
*       City Centre Eel Throwing Competition on the Market Place. City Centre retailers and businesses are to battle it out to be crowned ‘City Centre Eel Throwing Business of the Year’ sponsored by the Ely Chamber of Commerce. No eels will be harmed in this competition, they are just stuffed socks.
*       Food and Drink Festival on Palace Green. This brand new event supported by G’s Fresh will see a fantastic line up of chef demonstrations running throughout the Festival with some well-known names soon to be announced
*       Ely Street Muscioners’ Muster will see the City Centre come alive as a variety of period music is performed by costumed musicians who have been awarded their ‘Warrant of Entitlement’ to busk.
*       Market ‘Street Food Fayre’ – to complement Ely’s Saturday shopping experience, the Ely Craft Market weekly street food aisle will transform with special offers and promotions for a great range of street food available throughout the day

All the usual fun of the Eel Festival will also be taking place including the annual Ely Day Parade, a full programme of arena events in Jubilee Gardens including folk music, eel pottery workshops, dancing, historical displays and re-enactments.

Tracey Harding, Tourism Team Leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council said: “The Eel Festival is going to be massive this year as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. From launching a special Food and Drink Festival to the Ely Street Muscioners’ Muster and the Food Safari, we are putting together a programme of great events to celebrate Ely’s association with the humble eel. What makes this year even more special is the support we are getting from local partners such as G’s Fresh to support the event.

“We are also keen to hear from other businesses and traders who are keen to get involved in what is sure to be a very big weekend. The Eel Festival is always a vibrant, colourful and extravagant event so put it in your diaries now.”

For information on all these activities and many other fringe events keep checking out our Eel Festival Weekend page at www.visitely.org.uk and follow us on Twitter @visitely.

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