Food glorious food at Aylsham festival

Feasting, fry-ups and fantastic family fun were the ingredients in a recipe for success at Aylsham Food Festival over the weekend.

The annual celebration, organised by Slow Food Aylsham, attracted grub-lovers of all ages to a host of events from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime.

On Sunday, more than 120 people gathered at the town hall for a 'big slow breakfast', although it was anything but slow for the team of volunteers in the kitchen as they tried to keep up with demand.

Locals got to know each other over the back bacon, and also tucked into fruit juice, croissants and cereal.

Liz Jones, leader of Slow Food Aylsham, got out of the heat of the kitchen for a few minutes to say: 'This event brings the community together. It's an opportunity to promote the local food producers and shops as well.

'It also helps new people who haven't lived in Aylsham for long to meet people. That's why we serve the food in a refectory style.

'There's still a perception that slow food is posh and gourmet. We have tried very hard to make Slow Food Aylsham something for everybody. Aylsham is a working market town.'

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Sam McCann from Aylsham said: 'It's fantastic. I'm a regular at this event. There is a great atmosphere. It's such a community event. You get to know different people every time you come.'

On Friday evening, Aylsham High School was the venue for the Celebration of Taste launch dinner, with year 10 and 11 students preparing and serving a four-course meal to 86 diners.

On Saturday, there was a farmers' market in the market place, with demand for produce meaning three producers sold out before the end.

And, for the first time at the festival, the town hall was the scene of the Taste Adventure, with children and adults visiting five 'sense' zones to taste, look at, touch, smell and hear different foods.

Miss Jones said: 'I'm pleased with how it has all gone. It has certainly been a successful festival.'

Slow Food Aylsham was established in 2004 and is part of Slow Food UK, a not-for-profit organisation that campaigns for fair pricing for food producers, protects traditional food and defends biodiversity.