Top chefs, a slow brunch and fun for all the family are on the menu at this year’s Aylsham Food Festival

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

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

A farmer's market, a slow brunch and an 'audience with'-style evening featuring two top chefs are among the attractions on the menu at this year's Aylsham Food Festival, which kicks off at 8.30am on October 6 with a country market at Aylsham town hall.

Aylsham Food Festival farmers' market.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Aylsham Food Festival farmers' market. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The three-day event is organised by Slow Food Aylsham, which was set up in 2004 as part of an international movement aimed at promoting the enjoyment of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

The opening night 'audience with' event, which replaces a traditional festival gala dinner, will feature City College Norwich vice principal and Hotel School head Steve Thorpe, who will be joined at Bure Valley School by award-winning Norfolk chef Charlie Hodson of Woodforde's Fur and Feather Inn, of Woodbastwick.

Matt Barnard as Gordon Blur the juggling chef at a previous year's Aylsham Food Festival.
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Matt Barnard as Gordon Blur the juggling chef at a previous year's Aylsham Food Festival. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE - Credit: Archant

The pair will be supported by a team of Aylsham High School students, who will be preparing a bangers and mash supper for audience members.

Saturday's programme will include the popular farmer's market which, this year, has added attractions for all the family ranging from a giant inflatable tomato brought along by Norfolk County Council's Love Food Hate Waste team, to a smoothie making stand, live music and animals in the market place.

Aylsham Food Festival farmers' market.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Aylsham Food Festival farmers' market. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The fun continues into the evening with a wine and cheese tasting event led by Brian Sullivan from Harper Wells wine merchants of Eaton.

Organisers are also urging festival-goers to enjoy an 'Aylsham day' on Saturday, by visiting an exhibition organised by Broadland Model Railway Club and sponsored by Bure Valley Railway.

Aylsham Food Festival farmers' market.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Aylsham Food Festival farmers' market. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

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The event will run at the Jubilee Centre on Norwich Road from 10am- 4pm, with entry costing £4.

The festival finale on Sunday kicks off with the ever-popular Big Slow Brunch, which runs from 10.30am-1pm.

Aylsham Food Festival farmers market.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Aylsham Food Festival farmers market.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

A festival highlight, the family event will see members of Slow Food Aylsham and friends cook up a full English breakfast for around 100 people.

Tickets for Saturday's 'evening with' event (priced £10) and Sunday's Big Slow Breakfast (priced £7) are available from Barnwells Newsagents, or by phoning 07591 361812.

Wine tasting event tickets (priced £17) are available from the Heritage Centre.

Visit the festival website for more information.

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