Ely’s Eel Festival

Ely’s Eel Festival

Friday 3rd May 2019 - Launch of Eel Food Safari

Check out Ely’s restaurants, cafés and food venues to see what creative eel twists they have put on their menus for the long weekend. 

Saturday 4th May 2019 - Eel Day, Cross Green and Jubilee Gardens

The annual Eel Day Parade departs at 10.30 am from Cross Green (adjacent to Ely Cathedral). Ely’s ‘Ellie the Eel’ will be heading the carnival inspired procession down to the Waterside and into Jubilee Gardens where a whole host of eel related activities will be held. Special highlights include the Town Criers Championships and the World Eel Throwing Competition (no eels will be harmed in this competition, just stuffed toys!). Can you beat the World record of over 17 metres? The full programme of Arena Events includes music, dancing, a living history encampment and a street food scene (including eels!). 

5th May to 6th May 2019 - Ely’s Food and Drink Festival, Palace Green and St Mary’s Green

Located in the shadow of Ely Cathedral on Palace Green, over 75 artisan and specialist food and drink traders will be showcasing their wares. We have an amazing Street Food Scene, comprising of a range of culinary delights which will tantalise your taste buds with the unusual, yet exquisitely crafted combinations.  We also have a beer tent and cocktail bar with some easy listening, live music to enjoy. Back on St Mary’s Green, outside Ely Tourist Information Centre, housed in Oliver Cromwell’s House, is our Kitchen Pantry with a selection of goodies to help stock your pantry, some handy gadgets and beautiful kitchenware along with a seating area and some scrumptious light bites

This year we welcome into our fabulous Cookery Theatre the nutritionist from TV series such as “How to Lose Weight Well, “Eat Well for Less” and “Sugar Free Farm” as well as the award-winning Italian chef Aldo Zilli who will be demonstrating a variety of dishes along with some of our much-loved local chefs. Also, there’s the chance to personally meet and greet our celebrity chefs for a Q&A Hour plus book signings at our “In Conversation With” sessions, held at Oliver Cromwell’s House. Bookings taken here.

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