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Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Suffolk

Suffolk: The ultimate foodie destination

What can be more tempting than tasty, local food served in beautiful surroundings to get your juices flowing. From established food festivals to micro-breweries and award-winning restaurants, you’ll never go hungry, or thirsty, in a county blessed with the fruits from the land.
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival SuffolkWatch one of many cookery demonstrations throughout the Festival at Snape Maltings Photo (c) bokeh photgraphic
This is the home of world-class breweries and distilleries, and of some of the very finest ingredients our fair isles have to offer. Free-range pork. Rare breed beef. Fish and shellfish caught by day boats off the coast. Hand-picked samphire. Asparagus. Strawberries. Bean-to-bar chocolate. Suffolk offers rich pickings indeed. Restaurants such as Maison Bleue (award-winning French modern), The Bildeston Crown, The Unruly Pig, The Eaterie, Wyken Vineyards, Pea Porridge and Tuddenham Mill are all incredible eats. That’s not to mention all the award-winning pubs, cafés and farm shops too.
Aldeburgh Food and Drink FestivalSample local delicacies along the main thoroughfare of the Festival. Photo (c) bokeh photographic

Food and Drink Festivals


Suffolk’s premier and hugely favoured foodie event, the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, takes place on 29th and 30th September in the stunning grounds of Snape Maltings, which is also home to Aldeburgh Music. The festival, widely acknowledge as one of the finest in Britain, celebrates the very best of the county’s producers, farmers, chefs and growers. A festival with a conscience, it fodders a connection between people and the environment in which they live and this year visitors learn how to forage, fish, game and develop skills around open-fire cooking at the Wild Suffolk area. For frequent consumers of an Adnams beer, the Adnams Drinks Experience, led by beer expert Melissa Cole, is a must-sample! There are a ton of food experts on hand including Thomasina Miers, Bee Wilson, Dan Doherty, Melissa Helmsley, Sophie Michell, Maunika Gowardhan and Masterchef winner, Kenny Tutt giving expert cookery demos and talks about their delicious produce, as well as offering plenty of tastings to engage with an enthused audience. This is a foodie extravaganza you do not want to miss.
The Festival is followed by two weeks of fringe events until the 14 October. These include farm walks, special dinners, talks, meet the producer events and much more.
Head to for further information. Under 15s go free! (Adults day pass £8 and weekend £14)
Aldeburgh Food and Drink FestivalGain top foodie tips from the top names in the industry. (c) Photo bokeh photographic


Newmarket Food & Drink Festival returns on the 15th & 16th September 2018 with Celebrity chef and TV presenter Rosemary Shrager headlining the cookery demonstrations, in what is set to be a fun, foodie-filled weekend.

Now in its fourth year, the popular Festival will take place right in the heart of Newmarket, across Palace Street and the site of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. Free to attend, visitors will have the chance to sample and purchase delicious food from various local produce stalls and street hubs over the two-day festival.

Improve your own cooking skills with demonstrations from renowned chefs across East Anglia's restaurant scene, as well as Britain's best loved chef and culinary writer, Rosemary Shrager, as she demonstrates how to cook delicious dishes in the G’s Fresh Cookery Live Kitchen.

As well as all the foodie excitement, enjoy open-air music at Palace House Gardens; the attraction is also host to 'Find out for a Fiver', where visitors can expeirence the multi-attraction at a discounted rate. Don't forget to quote FOODFESTIVAL by calling 01638 667314.

Look here for further information. Admission is free!

Newmarket food and drink festivalDelicious pickings at Newmarket Food & Drink Festival

brewing experiences: tastings, tours and make your own gin!

Something the county excels in is brewing and producing wonderful craft beers and tours, from renowned brewing houses to micro-breweries.
Most will be familiar with Greene King and Adnams; both located in Suffolk and have a long history of brewing. Greene King have been crafting fine ales from their two historic breweries in Bury St Edmunds for over 200 years. Their tours take you from hop to bottle and right to the heart of the action on the factory floor, finishing up at the visitor centre and shop, ready to make any last minute ale selections, either for gifts or as a personal treat.
Adnams is a renowned brewer of beers, lagers and award-winning spirits. Beer has been brewed on the same site, in the attractive seaside town of Southwold, since 1345. However, Adnams began life in 1872 and now manage one of the most modern and innovative brew-houses around. They can add a number of pubs and hotels to their impressive lot; their newest hotel, The Swan Southwold, is perfect for a spot of indulgence. During your visit, join a brewing and distillery tasting tour, and even make your own gin – and all within a stone’s throw of the hotel! Explore a little further and you’ll discover Adnams Cellar and Kitchen providing the perfect shopping experience for - you guessed it - wine, beer and spirits, as well as cookware, delectable food items and gifts.

Or visit one of the many micro-breweries popping up across Suffolk which create hand-crafted beers and tours, where you can see the magic of beer-making made real, often in intimate settings. Briarbank Bar and Brewery in Ipswich makes it on our hitlist of micro-breweries. Enjoy a brew in the bar, located directly above the brewery itself and experience their flavour-fuelled local beers.

Greene King Brewery in Bury St EdmundsHistoric brewery tours at Greene King in Bury St Edmunds

Great Suffolk boltholes that share their passion for great food

We have a love affair with foodie boltholes and Suffolk can boast some of the best! Many benefit from fabulous locations, surrounded by wild and natural landscapes, attractive dwellings with thatched roofs and timber frames, centred at the heart of many rural communities, as well as beside the sea - serving not only delicious foods and ales, but also a warm welcome.

Lavenham, SuffolkMedieval timber-framed houses in charming Lavenham
At The Brudenell Hotel in the seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk, experience fine dining with beach views. Not only do they pride themselves on using only the freshest and local ingredients, it delivers a mouth-watering and unique seaside menu, too. The quaint town of Aldeburgh offers a range of independent shops and galleries, as well as eateries. There are plenty of seaside hotels to choose from or hunker down in one of the many stylish cottages lining the Suffolk coast. Suffolk Secrets have an amazing selection – accessible, family and pet-friendly, ready for an intimate break or family celebration. But for something in the Aldeburgh area itself, try Aldeburgh Coastal Cottages.
Aldeburgh Beach FrontAldeburgh's colourful beachfront houses
No visit to Suffolk is complete without a visit to the medieval town of Lavenham. The Great House, nestled in the heart of the town, is one of Britain’s finest small luxury boutique hotels and their food is exquisite: modern, French and award-winning! Close by, The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa, housed in a magnificent medieval timber-framed building, offers an experience of sheer indulgence – so much so, you’ll never want to leave! (Their Weaver House Spa is a haven of tranquillity).
This attractive destination is bursting with character, independent shops, galleries and attractions; making it the ideal mini-break destination in which to truly unwind.

Ready to experience the unique tastes of Suffolk?

We hope we’ve inspired you to bring friends and family to share the tasty delights of Suffolk. Check out our other blogs for more food and drink experiences in the county. Don’t forget to tell us about all the fun you have on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!