Aldeburgh Food and Drink festival is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year. The festival has an amazing celebrity chef line-up and will feature new fun-filled food activities that will take place from the 26th September until 4th October to coincide with British Food Fortnight. The main weekend event will take place on the 26th & 27th September at Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
During the weekend event the emphasis is very much on enjoying the best of East Suffolk’s food and drink offerings with over 70 local producers showcasing their produce and offering tastings. There will be cookery demonstrations with some of the UK’s top chefs, a dedicated children’s fun learning area – ‘plant it, grow it, eat it’, workshops, discussion forums, boat trips and RSPB-guided walks.
The Festival will play host to a number of celebrity chefs to build awareness of the high quality, locally grown food and drink in Suffolk. Celebrated chefs include; Tom Aikens, Mark Hix, Fergus Henderson, Marcus Verberne and Thomasina Miers. Food writer Matthew Fort and Tom Parker Bowles of ITV’s Market Kitchen will also be joining the team as well as Rose Prince of the Daily Telegraph and Sheila Dillon, Radio 4’s food presenter.
The festival will be nine days of food focused activity. The fringe events will encompass a series of organic farm walks; meet the producers events, progressive suppers, cookery workshops at Otley College, artisan bread making at Metfield Café, Barista training and Food Safari will be holding a venison butchery demonstration. The events based in various locations throughout East Suffolk aims to engage more people in the festival and to increase understanding of the wider importance of local, seasonal food and drink, their integration with sustainable farming, fishing and food production. Restaurants, pubs and hotels in the area will also be supporting the festival with special local food produce menus.
Entrance to the weekend’s event at Snape Maltings is £5 per person (under 13’s go free) and will include free parking, a cotton shopping bag and festival programme. For further information, please visit the website: www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk