Everything you need to know about Aylsham Food Festival 2018

PUBLISHED: 16:45 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:45 24 September 2018

Aylsham Food Festival, which runs from October 6-8. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Aylsham Food Festival, which runs from October 6-8. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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Join the Slow Food movement at a foodie festival in Aylsham this October.

What is it?

Organised by Slow Food Aylsham (set up to promote biodiversity, food education and food communities) the event is a huge, three day feast for the senses, aimed at putting people back in touch with where real food comes from.

This year it takes place across the town from October 5 to 7.

SFA chairman, Patrick Prekopp said: “While the focus of the festival will, of course, be on food and particularly local produce, we want to make people think differently about food. It should be fun and a family affair and we hope to sprinkle a bit of magic and stardust around.”

Where is it?

The festival takes place in and around venues in Aylsham.

What can we do there?

To start, this Friday there’s a fringe event, Rosie with Cider at the town hall from 6.30pm. Rosie Warren and her dad David will be demonstrating the ancient art of cider pressing, with entertainment from much-loved musician and cartoonist Tony Hall on the night. Bring your own apples for juicing, and don’t forget to try their homemade scrumpy. Entry is only £1 on the door.

The festival then gets into full swing on October 5, when chef/patron of The Assembly House in Norwich, Richard Hughes gives a talk from 6.30pm at Aylsham High School. After dishing out anecdotes and tips, Richard will hand over to the students of the school who are cooking a warming supper of beef and ale pie (with a veggie option available). Tickets are £15.

On the following morning (October 6) it’s time for the Country Market, where an array of home grown and homemade produce will be on sale, with entertainment from the Banana Ukulele Band and local jazz ensemble One Foot in the Groove. And the regular farmers’ market will be set up in the town hall.

Traders include Haynford Honey, Love-Grub Farm Shop with their goat meat, Panther Brewery with a selection of real ales, and treats from Pye Bakery.

In the evening, join expert Brian Sullivan from Harper Wells in a wine and cheese tasting event at the heritage centre from 7pm (£17pp).

And you can round off your weekend rather nicely in the town hall on October 7 by joining in the Sunday Big Brunch at the town hall, where you can tuck into a full English and all-you-can-eat continental buffet for only £7. Table magician Robbie James will be doing the rounds on the morning, helping to put a spring in your step.

Get all your advance tickets by calling 07519361812.

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