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Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival


It’s no longer a secret that Suffolk is The Foodie County; each year tens of thousands of foodies visit to sample the county's field-to-fork fare in restaurants, at festivals, on foraging trips and cookery courses. The pinnacle of The Foodie County's annual calendar is the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, a two-day foodie bonanza that ranks among the best festivals of its kind in the UK. This year's Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival lands on the 29th and 30th September, and for those who've never been before, here's what you can expect.
Scarecrow at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink FestivalPop-up restaurants, workshops and cookery demonstrations are all found at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival
The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival is a two-day gastronomical celebration of the county’s foodie reputation, with a cornucopia of sights, smells, and most importantly, tastes awaiting every visitor. The halls and marquees of Snape Maltings are packed with local meats, veg, drink, and more. But key to the whole festival is the chance to meet the people behind the plates; the farmers, the brewers, the butchers and the bakers, really bringing home the connection between field and fork. Adnams, start-up brewery Ampersand Brew Co and Flint & Hardings are just a few of the local companies who exhibit at the festival. The sheer volume and variety of producers will astound you.
It’s not all talk either. There are dozens of workshops running, allowing you to get really hands on with the food and drink. Under the watchful guidance of helpful experts you can try butchery, pasta making, foraging, bread making, and even take part in tutored wine, spirit, beer and cider tastings.
Adnams at Aldeburgh Food and Drink FestivalFoodie fun at the Festival! Photo (c) bokeh photographic
In the years it has been running, the Festival has mushroomed in popularity and is now in the top three UK food festivals. It has become a high point on the epicureans’ calendar, and visitors rub shoulders with experts such as Chef, restaurateur and food writer Thomasina Miers and restaurateur, broadcaster, cookery writer and caterer, Prue Leith. Also returning are Guardian columnist and influencer Rosie Birkett, Dhruv Baker, Chetna Makan, Tim Anderson,Thuy Pham from The Little Viet Kitchen and Michelin-starred Norfolk chef Galton Blackiston.
To get a real sense of the atmosphere, watch the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival video above. And if you can’t make it for the main event on the 29th and 30th September, there are plenty of fringe events happening across the county for the following two weeks.


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