Arlingtons, The Dove and Arcade Tavern sign up for Ipswich’s Food and Drink Forknight from May 22 to June 5

Liz Ambler, owner of Arlingtons, Jeremy Cooper, managing director of Ipswich Buses and Ipswich Centr

Liz Ambler, owner of Arlingtons, Jeremy Cooper, managing director of Ipswich Buses and Ipswich Central operations manager. - Credit: Archant

Crowds of food and drink lovers are expected to flock to Ipswich for the town’s fifth annual ‘forknight’ festival.

The two-week culinary display will include champagne evenings, belly dancing, cake workshops, real ale tasting, butchery demonstrations and the return of the Great Ipswich Bake Off competition.

Organised by Ipswich’s business improvement district company, Food and Drink Forknight aims to celebrate the diverse range of restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, nightclubs and shops that are open in the town.

The event will run from May 22 to June 5 and there will be 40 different offers and nine events available.

Helen Dodman, of Ipswich Central, said: “The focus this year is on events to drive people in to town and taking part in something they wouldn’t normally try. We also have a number of offers to encourage people to try a new venue or cuisine and, who knows, they may discover a new favourite place in the process.”

Organisers are on the hunt for the town’s best amateur bakers to take part in a Great British Bake Off-style competition.

Participants are encouraged to create Ipswich-themed treats and the winner will receive £100 worth of baking equipment, a cake stand from Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Café, afternoon tea for two at Arlingtons Brasserie and Jacey’s Coffee House and a cream tea for two at Town and Tea.

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To enter, bake a cake and send a picture to, or post a picture to the Food and Drink Forknight Facebook or Twitter pages using the hashtag #GreatIpswichBakeOff by June 5. The winner will be announced by June 15.

Other businesses that are involved in the festival include: Berridges jewellers, Ipswich Buses, The Dove Street Inn, Alaturka, Arcade Street Tavern and Townhouse.

A website has also been launched called YOOHOPP which allows customers to shop from Ipswich high street from home.

If you’d like to get involved in the Food and Drink Forknight with an event or an offer, send all details to to be published on

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