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Video: Aylsham Food Festival brought to life by The London Vegetable Orchestra

16:33 06 October 2014

The London Vegetable Orchestra at Aylsham Food Festival 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The London Vegetable Orchestra at Aylsham Food Festival 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Musical instruments made out of vegetables were a highlight of Aylsham Food Festival: Entertainment with a Difference on Saturday.

The London Vegetable Orchestra at Aylsham Food Festival 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe London Vegetable Orchestra at Aylsham Food Festival 2014. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The London Vegetable Orchestra specialises in making musical instruments out of common-or-garden vegetables and then playing a range of popular tunes.

The band was due to play in the market place, but moved into the town hall because of the high winds and rain. They played several tunes including Stand By Me and Feeling Good, using carrots, courgettes, peppers and pumpkins, and they even created an instrument out of a romanesco cauliflower.

About 100 people packed into the hall to listen, plus a howling dog, and two 12-year-old boys, Adam Waller and Jacob Wheal, both from Aylsham High School, played with the band. Adam said: “I really enjoyed it. I have always wanted to play pumpkin drums.”

Roger Willis, chairman of Slow Food Aylsham, which organises the festival, said: “We had a wonderful turn-out and it went brilliantly. The day was well supported by local businesses and we had some lovely cooking workshops and demonstrations and the stalls were popular.” The London Vegetable Orchestra was founded three years ago and has appeared at festivals and on television. The food festival ran from Thursday to yesterday.

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