There are two great Suffolk food festivals to look forward in the coming months, says Sarah Hardy
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival
The thriving Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival returns to Snape Maltings on September 25 and 26 this year with a passion to celebrate local food – and the simple joy of eating great dishes with family and friends.
You can expect more than 100 artisan producers to be present, selling everything from ice cream to whisky, from honey to cider and all things in-between!
There are several popular names already signed up including Marsh Pig from just outside Norwich and The English Whisky Company in Breckland, plus some well known ones like Adnams and the East of England Co-op.
Live cookery demonstrations are a big part of the weekend’s offering and there are a host of top chefs taking part including Galton Blackiston from Morston Hall in North Norfolk, plus food writer, Chetna Makan, and cookery writer Jenny Chandler.
There are a few new features planned such as an interactive family area, with a family stage, a Saturday Kitchen-style panel, food photography workshops and wild cooking demonstrations.
And favourites such as hands on masterclasses, live music, children’s activities and lots of delicious street food options are all promised, too.
- Tickets are £10, with under 15s admitted for free, with a paying adult. The festival opens from 9.30 to 5pm on Saturday and from 9.30am to 4pm on Sunday.
Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Food Festival
Foodies will love the two day Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival to be held over the late summer Bank Holiday weekend, August 29 and 30, from 10am to 4pm.
With cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, the chance to taste and purchase food and drink from more than 100 stalls and a popular farmers’ market, this is a foodie’s heaven. There will also be lots of activities to keep children occupied.
Celebrity chef Paul Rankin returns to the Stoves Cookery Theatre on Bank Holiday Monday, while on Sunday, newcomer to the event and former soap star Sean Wilson will be donning his chefs’ whites. Paul Rankin is best known as one of the longest standing and most successful chefs on ‘Ready Steady Cook’; Sean Wilson was in Coronation Street for 21 years as Martin Platt before presenting Channel 5’s Great Northern Cookbook. He will demonstrate his skills as a self-taught cook and multi-award winning cheesemaker.
Both Sean and Paul will each make three appearances, with top chefs from some of Bury St Edmunds’ favourite restaurants taking the other demonstration spots.
The Food and Drink Festival is organised by Our Bury St Edmunds BID (business improvement district).