Aylsham Food Festival programme announced

With two markets, a festival dinner, Ready, Steady Cook and the ever-popular Big Slow Breakfast, this year's Aylsham Food Festival promises to tantalise all taste buds.

Now in its sixth year, the Festival which runs from September 30 to October 2, will be run in association with the Norfolk Food Festival.

This year, visitors can buy cakes, cookies, vegetables, fruit, eggs and plants from the country market, which is held weekly in Aylsham Town Hall.

The evening of Friday September 30 will see a locally sourced Festival Dinner at Aylsham High School served by catering students. This year they are turning their hands to a selection of soups and desserts, accompanied by wine from the Loire Valley.

There will be a cheese tasting with cider from Wroxham Barns Apple shop during an interval between courses.

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The first of Aylsham's two monthly FARMA-accredited Farmers' Markets will kick start the day on Saturday October 1. The market sells produce from within a 50-mile radius of the town and includes bread, eggs, honey, rapeseed oil, fish and shellfish, cheese, preserves, plants, apple juice, cakes and meat.

Also on the Saturday morning is a, drop-in, 'Ready Steady Cook' show with local chefs Matthew Miller from the Black Boys in Aylsham, Andrew Baker from the Market Place restaurant in Aylsham, Graham Edgar from the Blickling Hall and freelance Derroll Waller. The event will be in two parts with pairs of chefs using produce from the Farmers' Market battling for the audience's vote for the best dish.

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The festival will finish with the Big Slow Breakfast. Slow Food members and their friends will be serving up traditional English breakfasts (with a vegetarian option) for up to 120 people in the Town Hall between 10am-12pm.

Slow Food chairman, Giles Margarson, said, 'Slow Food has organised this Festival since its inception and we are really proud to have a hand in promoting the wonderful produce available in our area. Linking with Norfolk Food Festival and including for the first time the Friday Country Market has added new interest and I am sure that we will see another very successful event.'

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