In the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival takes place this weekend.
This year's festival promises to be the biggest and best yet, with over 90 food and drink producers from across Suffolk selling a range of breads, spirits, vegetables, meat, cheeses, milk and street food including Adnams, Aspall, Breckland Orchard, Coco & Honey, Fen Farm Dairy, Munchy Seeds, Paddy & Scotts, Pinneys of Orford, Pump Street Bakery, St Peter's Brewery, The Firestation Coffee Roasters, The Cake Shop Bakery and many more!
In addition to the huge array of produce on offer, there are two stages, each featuring a wide range of demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Highlights for 2016 include:
- Dhruv Baker, 2010 Masterchef winner - Saturday 24th September, 2.45pm, Tiptree Stage
- Oliver Rowe, Chef, Food Stylist and Author - Saturday 24th September, 10.45am, Tiptree Stage
- Battle of the Chefs - Ben Hegarty, The Brudenell vs Daniel Perjesi, The Crown Woodbridge - Saturday 24th September, 10am - Co-Op Stage
- Emma Crowhurst, Food Writer, Chef and Teacher - Sunday 25th September, 11.30am - Co-Op Stage
- Dan Doherty, Executive Chef, Duck and Waffle - Sunday 25th September, 1pm - Co-Op Stage
You can learn a thing or two as well at one of the many masterclasses taking place in locations throughout Snape Maltings, on a range of topics.
Our Top Picks:
- Spice Masterclass with Dhruv Baker - Saturday 24th September, 10am
- Coffee Cupping, Fire Station Coffee Roasters - Saturday 24th September, 11am
- East Street, Mike Keen - Saturday 24th September, 12.30pm
- Gin Cocktail Masterclass with Adnams Head Distiller John McCarthy - Sunday 25th September, 12pm
Kids will love the Hillfarm Family Meadow; where they will be shown how to make rapeseed oil and experience the life of a farmer as they enjoy a tractor ride round a straw-baled track and climb aboard the world's biggest combine harvester! Cook With Me Kids will be running a range of kiddie cooking workshops and there will be a face painter too, all of which are free of charge!
And for a unique dining experience, make sure you book a table at the Suffolk Punch; a pop up restaurant run by the Suffolk Young Producers Group.
The 3-course menu on offer has been produced by Alex and Oliver Burnside, from the Plough and Sail Pub at Snape Maltings. All ingredients used have been sourced from group members and some of Suffolk's finest food and drinks producers; showcasing the wide variety of award-winning produce that the county offers.
There will also be a guest appearance by two of the magnificent Suffolk Punch horses themselves, although they won't be staying to eat. A donation from the proceeds will go to the Suffolk Punch Trust based at nearby Hollesley Bay Stud.
Named after the Suffolk's famous working horse, the restaurant will also be visited by two Suffolk Punch horses themselves, with a donation from the proceeds will go to the Suffolk Punch Trust based at nearby Hollesley Bay Stud.
The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival runs from 24th - 25th September 2016, with fringe events continuing until 9th October.
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk