by sian | Sep 8, 2016 |

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2016


Are you a self-confessed foodie interested in trying out local Suffolk produce? If so, you’re in luck! The weekend of the 24th and 25th of September sees the return of The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, bringing with it a plethora of only the finest local goods, retailers, and celebrity chefs. Showcasing familiar faces and tasty treats, the celebrated event promises once again to deliver only the tastiest offerings for food and drink lovers nationwide.

Set in a uniquely beautiful location at the historic Snape Maltings, home to the world-famous concert halls of the Aldeburgh Music Festival, the annual Food & Drink offering has now reached its 11th official year. President Lady Caroline Cranbrook champions good, sustainable food and the people who make it, using her role to promote a growing network of farmers, smallholders, fisherman and businesses. Founded in 2006, the festival aims to celebrate and publicise Suffolk’s brilliant produce, as well as reestablishing an ever-important connection to the countryside - a connection that is often lost in the modern world of convenience food.

Through a variety of workshops, talks and even cooking “masterclasses”, the festival helps encourage visitors to support the local economy and reduce “food miles” by buying produce in shops, farm shops, farmers markets, pubs, restaurants, hotels and bed-and-breakfasts. Sponsors include both the award-winning Adnams of Southwold and Suffolk cyder from Aspalls, as well as an official endorsement from Suffolk County Council, demonstrating the Festival’s commitment to everything local. The event even goes as far as to encourage people to grow and cook their own food in its own unique workshop, Grow It! Cook It! Eat It!, perfect for both new and established foodies alike.

The 2016 edition of this much-loved annual celebration welcomes both local favourites and newbies to the exhibitions, from the award-winning Alder Tree Ice Cream to the enduringly popular Pump Street Bakery. After grabbing a bite from one of the many pop-up stalls, make sure to attend both signings and talks at the charming Aldeburgh Book Shop for your chance to converse with chefs, producers and artisans, and get the inside scoop from the experts themselves.

On Saturday the Festival will be open from 9:30am-5pm, and on Sunday from 9:30am-4pm. For the first time in the festival’s history, there is free admission for under 15s. A daily entrance ticket costs £8 with a weekend ticket at £14, and includes a complimentary cotton shopper bag and programme. Individual event prices for both classes and talks can be found on the official website. Free parking is also available to visitors. If you’re interested in discovering other local delights, Snape Maltings also has a variety of fantastic shops with kitchen-ware, crafts, art and books to suit any taste, and the quaint seaside town of Aldeburgh is close by if you fancy venturing a little further out.

Over 90 food and drink producers from our wonderful county will gather to present their tasty offerings to the nation. Tantalise your tastebuds, treat yourself to a foodie expedition, and discover the reasons why this much-loved event has been established as one of the foremost food festivals in the UK. 

Stay in Snape with Suffolk Cottage Holidays; Vincent Studio and Miller’s Cottage both sleep 2, whilst Albion House sleeps 4.

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