Live music from 2pm to late at Waterfront food, beer and music festival

Mike Keen, chef and landlord of the Brewery Tap, Ipswich

Mike Keen, chef and landlord of the Brewery Tap, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Oysters and black pudding at the Brewery Tap

We are only a short way into the New Year, but there is lots of activity and entertainment going on around Ipswich Waterfront.

This weekend, Saturday February 21, The Brewery Tap at Cliff Quay is hosting its third Oyster, Stout and Black Pudding Festival.

There will be lots of live music as well as good food and beer, of course.

Mike and Georgie Keen are building a growing reputation at the Brewery Tap, for their home produced and sourced Suffolk food.


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The tradional pub, alongside the former Tolly Cobbold brewery, also hosts regular events such as the festival.

Landlord Mike Keen said: “This is the third one and there has been a tremendous amount of interest in it, especially on Facebook and Twitter. We think it is going to be very busy.

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“We have eight live bands and we know we some people coming down from London too.

“There is a real international flavour to the event. We have English oysters from Mersea and others from Jersey, France and from Carlingford, Ireland.

“You can have them raw. and for those who are squeemish there are tempura or deep fried. It is almost like street food.

“It should be a lot of fun.

“We have made all our own black pudding, sausage rolls and Scotch eggss too. it is all fresh food.”

There will be live music from headliners indie-blues trio Turrentine Jones, a big hit on the festival scene last year, plus James Gillespie and Honey & The Bear, and Meg Burrows Music among others.

The fun starts from 2pm and Turrentine Jones will headline at the end of the evening.

“They have been doing very well and have a growing reputation,” he added.

There is regular live music too, at the Cult Bar, at Ipswich Waterfront, also run by Mike and Georgie keen.

Meanwhile, Lancaster Toyota is supporting panto this week at the Jerwoood Dancehouse at the Waterfront.

The firm are sponsoring The Landseer Players pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, which takes place at the Jerwood Dancehouse until Saturday February 21.

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