Food Safari Outlets for Ely Eel Festival Weekend

Get set for a r-eel-y good time at Ely Eel Festival

The participating food outlets for the much-loved Food Safari, part of Ely’s Eel Festival Weekend, have now been finalised.

A variety of the city’s restaurants, cafés and food venues have embraced the ‘eel’ theme, and will produce a range of imaginative treats for the festival weekend, which will take place from the 30th April to 2nd May.

Visitors will be able to enjoy special festival dishes and menus that either contain eel, or have an eel-inspired twist.

From gourmet eel canapes, to Jelly Eel Fudge, there’s a whole range of foods to try – from those that are historical, regional specialities of the Fens, to more modern creations. And in true festival fashion, there are puns aplenty.

The participating food outlets, and what they will be offering, can be read below:

  • Poets House – selection of gourmet eel canapes (a fantastic way to sample eel for the first time, and perfect with a glass of fizz)
  • The Old Fire Engine House – Beetroot scones with smoked eel and homemade horseradish (a traditional Fen culinary experience)
  • Sylhet Restaurant – Eel shaped biscuits (great with coffee, or as a sweet fix with your takeaway)
  • Allgoods of Ely – Eel shaped cheese straws (made with a fabulous selection of their favourite cheeses)
  • The Ely Fudge Company – Jelly Eel Fudge (combines handmade fudge with colourful wiggly eels, for big and little kids)
  • 3 at 3 – “Eely Good Platter” (delicious smoked eel and hot smoked salmon with speciality dips and sources)
  • Drayman’s Son – “Eel ave another one” (a special brew combining the talents of Blind Mice Brewery & Ely Gin Company)
  • Peacocks Tearooms – Eel Catcher’s Tea (a strong, welcoming brew laced with rum)
  • Grand Central – “Eel-ectrifying Curacao” cocktail, the “Burr-eel-to” (an eel shaped burrito) & an Eel-themed “Burger of the Weekend” (a trio of delicious delicacies)
  • The Prince Albert – “Eel and apple crumble with radish cider jelly and lemon and celeriac custard (for adventurous taste buds)

To make sure participating outlets are easy to spot, they will all be displaying the Food Safari eel logo.

Tracey Harding, Tourism and Town Centres Manager at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Once again, we can be proud of our restaurants, pubs, cafés and food outlets for putting their thinking caps on and coming up with some truly eel-inspired, and very punny, drinks and dishes, from the traditional to the most unusual! We’re sure that those attending the festival will love trying them, and that the Food Safari will add yet more enjoyment to the weekend, as it does every year.”

For more information on the Eel Festival Weekend, and to download a full list of the venues taking part in the Food Safari, and follow @visitely on Twitter.

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