From markets to juggling chefs, an annual three-day food festival returns to Norfolk this autumn. 

The Aylsham Food Festival is back for its 17th edition from Friday, October 6 until Sunday, October 8 2023. 

It is organised by the not-for-profit group Slow Food Aylsham in collaboration with Cittaslow Aylsham.

Eastern Daily Press: Inside Aylsham Town Hall during the food festival Picture: Stuart AndersonInside Aylsham Town Hall during the food festival Picture: Stuart Anderson (Image: Stuart Anderson)

Patrick Prekopp, chair of Slow Food Aylsham, said: "Aylsham is fast establishing itself as a go-to town for food lovers with lots of new openings, including a cocktail bar and cafés over the last year, and a craft beer pub launches soon."

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The festival will be set in and around Aylsham’s historic and picturesque Market Place, where the Sky High Juggling Chefs will perform on Saturday. 

Eastern Daily Press: The Sky High Juggling Chefs perform on SaturdayThe Sky High Juggling Chefs perform on Saturday (Image: Supplied by Slow Food Ayslham)

It will open with the Festival Dinner on Friday night, prepared, cooked and served by Aylsham High School students – all for just £18 including musical entertainment. 

The weekend also includes food and craft markets, a wine tasting and the famous Big Slow Sunday Brunch.

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Friday, October 6

Country Market, Town Hall, 8.30am-12noon, free entry

Festival Dinner, Aylsham High School, 6pm-10pm, £18pp, email to book

(Tables are for 10 people - if your party is less than 10, then expect to be seated with others.)

Saturday, October 7

Food and Craft Market, more stalls in the Town Hall and entertainment by the Sky High Juggling Chefs, 8.30am-2pm

• Wine tasting with cheese, Friendship Hall in Cawston Road, 7pm, £22pp at 

Sunday, October 8

• The Big Slow Brunch, Town Hall, 10.30am-1pm, £9pp, under 12s: £4.50pp, email to book

A traditional full English and continental buffet served by members of Slow Food and friends.

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