Suffolk’s ‘wonderful’ food festival will draw visitors across the UK


Published:
10:30 a.m. August 6, 2022



An annual celebration of Suffolk’s “wonderful” food and farming heritage is set to return in September – with the aim of supporting more future producers.

The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival – taking place at Snape Maltings on September 24 and 25 – is now in its 17th year and continues to grow.


Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is now in its 17th year
– Credit: Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Tickets are on sale now for the non-profit event – which aims to showcase the county’s food and drink products – and its rich agricultural heritage to a wider audience.

Festival chairman Caroline Cranbrook said the festival was nationally recognized as the place to find the best of Suffolk’s “wonderful produce”.

“Suffolk is famous for the beauty of its countryside, its market towns and villages and the richness and variety of its food and drink,” she said.


Thousands of people visited the AldeburghFood and Drink festival in Snape Maltings over the weekend.

Thousands of people visited the AldeburghFood and Drink festival in Snape Maltings over the weekend.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

“This year’s festival promises to be one of our best with over 100 producers, 20 original and delicious fast food outlets and a stellar lineup of 16 star chefs.

“The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2022 is sure to be a unique and wonderful contribution from Suffolk to this Jubilee Year.”

Festival organizers launched the event with the aim of showcasing the excellence and originality of local Suffolk food and drink and helping it reach a wider audience.

It offers visitors the chance to taste some of the region’s best produce – and learn how they were made and even how to cook them.

The event remains dedicated to supporting and promoting the immediate area and food-related businesses within it, and festival organizers work year-round to publicize food producers, farmers, farm shops, restaurants, chefs and Suffolk businesses.

Any surplus made from the two-day event is donated to the Suffolk Community Foundation’s Food and Drink Fund, which he helped start. The fund supports various charities providing food to needy people in the county.


    Lots to see, drink and watch in Aldeburgh during the Food and Drink Festival at the weekend

Baked Goods at the Aldeburgh at the Food and Drink Festival
– Credit: Citizenside.com

The 2022 lineup includes events and talks throughout the weekend and starred chefs from across the country.

Producers include fishing, fruit and vegetable growers, ranchers, bakers and chocolatiers, spice makers, brewers and winemakers.

Food products on display will range from raw milk, cheeses, wild and fresh meat, cured meats and sourdough bread, to award winning spirits, Suffolk gin, Suffolk vermouth, Suffolk grown saffron and even Suffolk dog food.

Two prominent local growers – James Foskett Farms and Home Farm Nacton – will be demonstrating the cutting-edge technology involved in growing their organic vegetables.

The East of England Cooperative Scene and Seafood Passion Scene will host guest chefs such as Richard Bainbridge, winner of the Great British Menu 2015 and head chef at Benedict’s in Norwich. He will lead a masterclass in how to cook licorice-coated venison, pickled hedgerow blackberries, meadow hay-smoked beetroot and Suffolk-grown oyster mushrooms.


The bustling Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings.  Photo: DENISE BRADLEY

The bustling Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings
– Credit: Denise Bradley

Others include former Great British Bake-Off contestant Chetna Makan and Thomasina Miers, 2005 Masterchef winner and food writer, who will present her recently launched meatless Mexican cookbook.

The Aldeburgh bookshop will have a stand selling a wide range of cookbooks. New to the festival is Phat Khao serving Thai curries and noodles and a new Fishers Sur Mer space will welcome visitors to drink gin and sample seafood prepared by L’Escargot d’Aldeburgh. Both Adnams and Aspall will have bars.

Other attractions to look out for are a family area with children’s cooking classes and music workshops and the Food Museum Stowmarket which will be on display over the weekend.

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