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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2017

Over 90 award-winning food and drink producers from Suffolk will be descending upon Snape Maltings on 23rd and 24th September for the 2017 Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival. 

The stunning surroundings of Snape Maltings play host to a range of live demonstrations by local and visiting top chefs across the two days on the Tiptree Stage and the Co-Op Stage. 

If you fancy rolling up your sleeves and learning from some of Suffolk and beyond's top chefs and producers, then there's a huge list of masterclasses for you to choose including 'Sciapod Foray with Vivia Bramford' and 'Kitchen 101 and in Knife Skills'. 

After you've brushed up on your cooking skills, you can stock up on Suffolk's fine fayre at one of the many stands before heading to the Adnams Drinks Experience. Here you can join the Tiptree Jam Jar Gin Masterclass, sample Adnams spirits at a gin tasting session and learn how to cook with beer with drinks writer and expert Melissa Cole.

There's plenty to keep younger members of the family entertained too! At the Hillfarm Family Meadow, there is face painting, toy tractor rides and pizza making. Plus budding farmers will love climbing on board the biggest combine in the world!

And if you don't manage to get along to Snape Maltings, you can still sample some of Suffolk's award-winning food and drink at one of the many fringe events on offer.

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Courtyard

With so much to see and do, we've chosen a few 'Suffolk Coast' highlights for you to enjoy!

Saturday 23rd September 

Tiptree Stage

2pm - The White Lion's head chef James Barber 

3.30pm - Chetna Makan, Great British Bake Off 2014 semi-finalist

The Co-Op Stage

11.30am - Dhruv Baker - 2010 Masterchef  winner

2.45pm - Darran Hazleton - The Crown at Woodbridge

Sunday 24th September 

Tiptree Stage

10am - Oliver Burnside - Plough & Sail, Snapea

2pm - Tyler Torrence - The Boarding House, Halesworth

The Co-Op Stage

10am - Justin Kett - The Swan at Lavenham

2pm - Martha Collison - Great British Bake Off 2014 quarter finalist

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Crowd

Exhibitors to Stop By and Stock Up At! 

  • Adnams - for wine, beer and gin!
  • Fen Farm Dairy - for raw dairy products and their famous Baron Bigod cheese!
  • Kenton Hall Estate - for Longhorn Beef and Sandy Black Pork
  • Munchy Seeds - for delicious flavoured seeds to snack on and sprinkle
  • Pinneys of Orford - For freshly caught oysters and smoked fish
  • Pump Street Bakery - for mouth-watering baked goods and bars of chocolate
  • Sea Spice - to book a table and sample the Suffolk seafood and Indian fusion dishes
  • The Cake Shop Bakery - for award-winning bread and cakes
  • The Firestation Cafe - for freshly roasted coffee

Fringe Events on The Suffolk Coast


21st September - The Feast of St Gobnait

A three course Farm Supper at White House Farm, Great Glemham, celebrating beekeeping, bees and honey prepared by guest chef Peter Harrison with Supper Guest of Honour the writer Helen Jukes.

23rd September - 8th October - !Cornucopia!

A two week celebration of autumn which takes place at White House Farm, Great Glemham featuring pop up solo exhibitions, artisan workshops / open studios (weekends only) and farm nature walks.

23rd September - Lawson's Deli Meet the Producer Tastings

Pop in to Lawson's Delicatessen on Aldeburgh High Street to meet three of their favourite local food producers. They will be joined by Brays Cottage Pork Pies - award winning pies; Eastgate Larder - delicious medlar preserves; and Truffles et al - local truffle maker.

24th September - Harvest Past at the Longshop Museum

Peak Hill Farm is the beautiful setting for an autumn festival with a jam-packed programme for the whole family. Harvest Past will be a great day out with a range of activities, demonstrations and attractions, and all in support of the Long Shop Museum in Leiston!

27th September - Field to Fork at Kenton Hall

Find out more about how Kenton Hall Estate's beef is produced and why it tastes so good!
You will enjoy a cookery demonstration and workshop showcasing how to make the most of beef cuts. Learn how to cook a range of joints, steaks and slow cooked cuts. Taste beef as you’ve never tasted it before!

28th September - Munchy Seeds Factory Tour

Take a look around the Munchy Seeds factory and find out how Munchy Seeds roast and pack their scrummy seed blends. After the factory tour, there will be an opportunity to sample a range of nutritious toasted seeds and have a chat over a nice hot cuppa!

29th September and 6th October - Pump Street Chocolate Factory Tour

Visit the brand new chocolate rooms, the equipment and machinery at Pump Street Chocolate.
Experience an in depth tasting of the chocolate at different steps of the process.

29th September - 1st October - Woodbridge Shuck Festival

A celebration of local fish and shellfish with special themed suppers in the pubs and restaurants of Woodbridge, Safari suppers , talks and pop up restaurants.


For more information and to download the 2017 festival guide, visit www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk/the-festival


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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep 2017

Come and enjoy with the whole family this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 23rd - 24th September 2017

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Suffolk Cream Tea Barge Cruise

Suffolk Cream Tea Barge Cruise

Ipswich |

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruises run every Wednesday and Sunday from June to September, departing from the Old Custom’s House in Ipswich Dock.

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Green Jack Brewery Beer Tasting at Snape Maltings

Green Jack Brewery Beer Tasting at Snape Maltings

Snape |

Come along to Snape Maltings' Food Hall and try locally brewed beer from Lowestoft.

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Sloemotion Hedgerow Gin Tasting at Snape Maltings

Sloemotion Hedgerow Gin Tasting at Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 23rd Sep 2017

Tasting the newly launched Sloemotion Hedgerow Gin, made with botanicals foraged from the Hedgerows around Green Farm.

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Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Felixstowe | Sat 30th Sep 2017

Since 1969 the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been faithfully re-creating the glories of popular music from the 1920's and 1930's. Now you can experience it at The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe.

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A Murder of Crows

A Murder of Crows

Lowestoft | Fri 01st - Sun 24th Sep 2017

Painting, prints and sculptures by East Anglian artists on the theme of crows and corvids.

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Lawson’s Delicatessen ‘Meet the Producer’ Tastings

Lawson’s Delicatessen ‘Meet the Producer’ Tastings

Aldeburgh | Sat 23rd Sep 2017

To celebrate the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Lawson's are hosting three of their favourite producers for a day of tastings and your chance to find out more about how their products are made.

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Meet the Cheesemaker at Lawson's: Julie Cheyney of Whitewood Dairy

Meet the Cheesemaker at Lawson's: Julie Cheyney of Whitewood Dairy

Aldeburgh | Fri 29th Sep 2017

To celebrate the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Lawson's Delicatessen are hosting tutored cheese-tastings with award-winning local cheese maker, Julie Cheyney maker of St Jude, a delicious cow's milk cheese made near Bungay.

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Lawson’s Delicatessen ‘Meet the Producer’ Tastings

Lawson’s Delicatessen ‘Meet the Producer’ Tastings

Aldeburgh | Sat 30th Sep 2017

High House Fruit Farm will be at Lawson's Delicatessen on Aldeburgh High Street with their apple press so you can taste the freshest juice from your own fruit. 

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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival fringe event at The Ship at Dunwich

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival fringe event at The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich | Mon 25th Sep - Fri 06th Oct 2017

Enjoy a delicious, home-made Scotch egg and a pint at The Ship at Dunwich for only £10 between the 25th September - 6th October 2017 as part of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival this year.

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Mindfulness Mornings

Mindfulness Mornings

Snape | Fri 24th Nov 2017

Immerse yourself in the wonderfully relaxing art of Mindfulness.

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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Fringe Event at The Westleton Crown

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Fringe Event at The Westleton Crown

Dunwich | Fri 06th Oct 2017

The Westleton Crown will be taking part in the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Fringe Events and hold a special Wine and Food Evening on Friday 6th October.

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Festival of Fabric

Festival of Fabric

Felixstowe | Sat 07th Oct 2017

This is a unique one day event for those interested in vintage fashion, dressmaking, knitting, crochet and making vintage and retro style clothes. There is a market place with specialist traders, a vintage clothes and fashion accessories exhibition, workshops and proper cafe.

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Aldeburgh | Sat 30th Sep 2017

Enjoy some German inspired tapas, with each light bite paired with a sample of a German beer. Prost!

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Harvest Past

Harvest Past

Leiston | Sun 24th Sep 2017

Peak Hill Farm is the beautiful setting for an autumn festival with a jam-packed programme for the whole family. Harvest Past will be a great day out with a range of activities, demonstrations and attractions, and all in support of the Long Shop Museum in Leiston!

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! Cornucopia ! 2017

! Cornucopia ! 2017

Saxmundham | Sat 16th Sep - Sun 08th Oct 2017

A two week celebration of autumn with pop up Solo Exhibitions, Artisan Workshops / Open Studios [weekends only] and farm Nature Walks.

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Fizz & Folksongs III

Fizz & Folksongs III

Aldeburgh | Fri 29th Sep 2017

The final concert of the series, which explores songs inspired by folk melodies.

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A Feast For The Eyes

A Feast For The Eyes

Snape | Fri 22nd - Thu 28th Sep 2017

A sumptuous collection of photographs featuring food as you may not have seen it before.

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Field to Fork Beef Evening

Field to Fork Beef Evening

Framlingham | Wed 27th Sep 2017

Kenton Hall Estate produces unforgettable English Longhorn beef.

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Munchy Seeds Factory Tour

Munchy Seeds Factory Tour

Leiston | Thu 28th Sep 2017

Come and take a look around the Munchy Seeds factory!

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The Plough vs The Key

The Plough vs The Key

Snape | Thu 28th Sep 2017

Join us at The Plough to watch our chefs battle it out with their colleagues from down the road! You decide who wins!

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10 Mile Meal

10 Mile Meal

Woodbridge | Thu 28th Sep 2017

Join us for a delicious '10 Mile Meal' on Thursday 28th September.

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Suffolk Supper at the Ship Inn, Levington

Suffolk Supper at the Ship Inn, Levington

Ipswich | Thu 28th Sep 2017

Join us for a 4 course dinner of the most delicious local delicacies from our plentiful county.

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Pump Street Chocolate Factory Tour

Pump Street Chocolate Factory Tour

Woodbridge |

Come and see our brand new chocolate rooms, the equipment and machinery.

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The Suffolk Suppers with Henrietta Inman and Joey O'Hare

The Suffolk Suppers with Henrietta Inman and Joey O'Hare

Orford | Fri 29th Sep 2017

The Suffolk Suppers, by Henrietta Inman and Joey O’Hare, are a celebration of the county’s best seasonal ingredients and spectacular local food.

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Halesworth Food & Drink Market

Halesworth Food & Drink Market

Halesworth | Sat 30th Sep 2017

The beautiful market town of Halesworth will host its first Food & Drink Market on Saturday 30th September. 

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Alde Valley Lamb - Open Day

Alde Valley Lamb - Open Day

Saxmundham | Sat 30th Sep 2017

Come and join us for a farm walk at White House Farm in Great Glemham - part of Great Glemham Farms and the home of Alde Valley Lamb.

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Big Autumn BBQ

Big Autumn BBQ

Saxmundham | Sat 30th Sep 2017

The Big Autumn BBQ at White House Farm serves top quality cuisine.

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Continental Bread Workshop

Continental Bread Workshop

Ipswich | Fri 06th Oct 2017

A workshop designed to uncover some of the secrets of continental breads.

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Autumnal Breads and Comfort Loaves

Autumnal Breads and Comfort Loaves

Ipswich | Sun 08th Oct 2017

Feel chilly winds blowing, get some delicious breads started this autumn with Sue Hudson of Bread Workshops.

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Trolleybus Weekend

Trolleybus Weekend

Lowestoft | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep 2017

As the season draws to a close, head to the East Anglia Transport Museum on 23rd & 24th September for a weekend of fun!

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Mexican Evening

Mexican Evening

Halesworth | Fri 22nd Sep 2017

Join us for an evening of Mexican food and music at The Cut, Halesworth.

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Anglian Mist by Tim Lane and Cordelia Spence

Anglian Mist by Tim Lane and Cordelia Spence

Halesworth | Fri 29th Sep 2017

Inspired by the desolate beauty and strange structures of Orford Ness, dark secrets, counter-intelligence and spies are the order of the day for 'Anglian Mist', Stuff of Dreams’ 2017 production at The Cut, Halesworth.

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Son Yambu

Son Yambu

Halesworth | Sat 30th Sep 2017

Son Yambu bring their red hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba to The Cut, Halesworth.

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An Outstanding Week in September!

An Outstanding Week in September!

Snape | Sat 16th - Sun 24th Sep 2017

September has always been an outstanding month in our countryside, with harvests being brought safely home, trees and meadows taking on their autumnal colours, skies offering a full palette of hues, musky bonfires lingering in the evening air and a welcoming calmness for visitors.

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