Suffolk’s leading food & drink festival cultivates new local producers and visiting leading chefs offer their expertise
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 23rd and 24th September 2017
On Tuesday 4th July, tickets will go on sale for Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2017, which takes place over the weekend of 23rd and 24th September. Now in its 12th year, the popular food festival is held in the historic and beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, Suffolk, the home of Aldeburgh Music. The festival is not for profit and widely acknowledged as one of the best in Britain, showing that Suffolk is a top producer of very fine food and the festival as the place to find it.
This year’s Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival showcases over 100 of the region’s finest food and drink producers - from the traditional and historic, to the brand new and innovative. The festival again welcomes a host of the country’s leading chefs who will give cooking demonstrations from two stages. There is something for everybody with more than 18 street food stalls offering locally made national and international food and drink.
New this year is the Adnams Drinks Experience led by beer and drinks expert Melissa Cole. Hillfarm Family Meadow returns, introducing children (and their parents) to Suffolk farming and bringing with them their CLAAS Lexion 770 combine, the largest in the world. Alongside the reedbeds you can discover Wild Suffolk and find out about foraging, fishing, game, ethical and sustainable foods, campfire cooking – and the wildlife of Suffolk.
East Anglia has long been a larder for the rest of England and this important role continues. The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival celebrates the strong connection between Suffolk’s landscape and the abundance, variety and quality of its produce, coming from the sea, the rivers and the fertile valleys, which lead to the rich arable soil of the region’s uplands.
From Local to Global – The Producers and the Chefs
This year, the festival is a real celebration of cuisines from around the world. There will be Greek, Indian, Japanese, South African, Vietnam and Yemeni foods - all made by Suffolk producers. The visiting chefs are also very international but will be using mostly local ingredients to create their dishes. The brilliant Cyrus Todiwala will bring his expert Indian cooking and charm, Tim Siadatan from the much-loved Trullo and Padella restaurants in London will reveal his top tips for making the best pasta. There will be Vietnamese delights from The Little Viet Kitchen by Thuy Pham, Korean food from award-winning Jordan Bourke, and African cooking from the acclaimed new cookbook author, Lope Ariyo who won the HarperCollins and Red Magazine African cookbook competition and was crowned Observer Rising Star in Food 2017 for her debut cookbook, Hibiscus.
Baking stars Martha Collison and Chetna Makan will be revealing their new cookbooks and baking expertise. And, as well as the chefs new to the festival, veteran Aldeburgh chefs Dhruv Baker and Jose Pizarro make a welcome return, as does local food hero Galton Blackiston.
The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival has always championed new and young producers from Suffolk and the region. This year is no exception with a dedicated area for visitors to discover new producers and new foods. They include Old Hall Farm selling their raw milk, eggs, soft cheese and dairy, The Lamb Charcuterie Company selling just that, Fishers Gin using local barley to make their spirit and the young Chittock sisters introducing their Nuoi Foods featuring natural nut butters.
The Festival is followed by two weeks of Fringe Events 23rd September – 8th October. These include farm walks, special dinners, talks, meet-the-producer events and much else. For full details of both Festival and Fringe visit www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk. Festival tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the gate during the festival weekend.
Adult tickets: £8 for a day ticket £14 for a weekend ticket. Tickets include a Festival programme and cotton shopping bag. Children under 15 have free entrance.