Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

This year’s Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival seemed like far too good an opportunity to miss, in fact it spurred us on to get the blog launched! It’s not every day you get so many great producers from Suffolk and surrounds in one place for the weekend.

The festival has been held annually since 2006 at Snape Maltings near Aldeburgh. This year it took place on 29th and 30th of September,  but fringe events will carry on at various locations for another two weeks. Details of all of the events are on the Festival website, and they’re doing a great job of promoting them via twitter @aldeburghfood.

The festival is a massive showcase for local producers and a great opportunity for the public to get access to them and learn more through talks, demonstrations and hands on tastings and events.

The highlight for us was stumbling across a live butchery demonstration by The Artisan Butcher (@artisanbutcher). The demonstration showed how to butcher a whole Muntjac deer. It was really interesting to learn about the process, the meat, the different joints and how they can be used. Definitely inspired to try cooking venison at home, if not a whole one to start with! The meat was provided by The Wild Meat Company (@wildmeatcompany) and looked fantastic, as you can see…

Butcher

Preparing the leg

Butcher

Removing the fillets

Butcher

Muntjac butchery demo close up

There were too many amazing producers to mention individually here. Hopefully we’ll get to cover some of them in future posts. A few that we came away having tried or purchased were: ice cream from Alder Tree, Hog Roast from Oaktree Farm, spelt flour from Maple Farm Kelsale, Thorncraft cordial by James White, coffee from Paddy and Scott’s and some chutneys from Aspall’s.

Here are a few of our photos…

 

Hog roast

Hog roast – that’s some crackling!

Aldertree's icecream van

Aldertree’s icecream van

The Adnam's stand

The Adnam’s stand

Jams and condiments on display in the shop at Snape Maltings

Jams and condiments on display in the shop at Snape Maltings

Pump Street Bakery’s Cedric the Citroen

We spent several happy hours pottering around the stalls enjoying the surroundings and atmosphere. It was great to see so many people out and interested in local food and enjoying the sunshine.

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