Over 100 award-winning food and drink producers from Suffolk will be descending upon Snape Maltings from 28th - 30th September for the 2018 Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival.
Kicking off the Festival on Friday 28th September, you can be inspired by some of the leading experts in food development at the conference 'An Appetite for Change: Eating Wisely and Well'. During the conference, experts will share the latest findings in consumer and medical research to provide a clear picture of the current situation. You will discover exactly what supermarket consumers are buying and learn more about the research of the Quadram Institute, which opens at the Norwich Research Park this year to lead investigations into food science, gut biology and health.
The Festival itself, which takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 28th September in the stunning surroundings of Snape Maltings, is packed with live demonstrations by local and visiting top chefs across the two days on the Tiptree Stage and the Co-Op Stage, hundreds of food and drink stalls, masterclasses and an unmissable event 'Prue Leith in Conversation' on Saturday 29th September at 12pm.
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 chocolate tasting with Pump Street Bakery, 'Simple & Seasonal' with Rosie Birkitt, Indian Street Food with Chetna Makan and many more!
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 Adnams Head Chef Robert Mace to discover the art of cooking with wine, beers and spirits, enjoy a tutored beer tasting and learn how to make your own coastal-inspired cocktails.
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.
With so much to see and do, we've chosen a few 'Suffolk Coast' highlights for you to enjoy!
Saturday 29th September
10am - Tomasina Miers, Cook, Writer and TV Presenter
10.45am - Melissa Cole, Beer & Drink Expert
11.30am - Joseph Trivelli, Head Chef, River Cafe
12.15pm - Henrietta Inman, Pastry Chef, Author & Cookery Teacher
1pm - Melissa Hemsley, Cook & Author
2pm - James Carn, Head Chef The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds
2.45pm - Joey O'Hare, Executive Chef, High Mood Food
3.30pm - Darran Hazleton, Head Chef The Crown at Woodbridge
4.15pm - Maunika Gowardhan, Chef & Author
The Co-Op Stage
10am - Dhruv Baker, Chef & Author
10.45am - Chetna Makan, Author and 2014 GBBO Semi-Finalist
11.30am - Thuy Pham, Chef, Owner & Author, The Little Viet Kitchen
12.15pm - Emma Crowhurst, Food Chef, Teacher & Food Writer
1pm - Sarit Packer & Itamar Srulovich, Honey & Co
2.45pm - Galton Blackiston, Chef Patron, Morston Hall
3.30pm - Tomasina Miers, Cook, Writer & TV Presenter
4.15pm - Richard Grinyer-Power, Head Chef, Bruisyard Hall
Sunday 24th September
10.45am - John Hurd, Chef & TV Presenter
12.15pm - Tim Anderson, Chef, Writer & Food Consultant
1pm - Chris Lee, The Bildeston Crown
2pm - Richard Bainbridge, Chef & Owner, Benedicts
2.45pm - Nicola Hordern, Darsham Nurseries
The Co-Op Stage
10am - Kenny Tutt, 2018 Masterchef Winner
10.45am - Vernon Blackmore, Gressingham Development Chef
11.30am - Rosie Birkitt, Cook, Writer & Food Stylist
12.15pm - Justin Kett, Head Chef, The Swan at Lavenham
2pm - Johnny Nicholson, The Sail Loft
2.45pm - The Teapot Project, Ipswich
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
There's a whole host of gastronomic fringe events taking place throughout September and October, we've picked a few highlights taking place on The Suffolk Coast!
15th September - 7th October - !Cornucopia!
A 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.
22nd September - Suffolk Heritage Food Tours, Waveney Valley Adventure
Waveney Valley Adventure weaves its way through the stunning Waveney countryside indulging in craft coffee and deli and smokehouse delights.
22nd - 23rd September - The Woodbridge Shuck
The Woodbridge Shuck is an annual fish and shellfish festival held at Whisstocks Quayside where freshly cooked seafood meals will be available, along with a variety of stalls, music and children’s entertainment. Throughout the town, participating restaurants and pubs will also be serving dishes using locally caught and grown fish and shellfish, including River Deben oysters and mussels.
3rd October - Pump Street Chocolate Factory Tour
Head to the Pump Street Factory and see where they make they own single origin chocolate from bean to bar right here in Suffolk. See the machinery used and learn all about their unique chocolate making process. The best bit, you can take home your choice of chocolate bar at the end of the tour!
4th October - Munchy Seeds Factory Tour
Husband and wife team, Crispin & Lucinda Clay have been roasting and flavouring Munchy Seeds here in Suffolk for over 18 years with the help of 12 hardworking crew. They welcome you into their factory for a proper Munchy Seeds tour - watch the blending, flavouring, roasting and packing their delicious Munchy Seeds. Grab a free cupper while you sample the many different seed blends; choccy coated, simply salted, spicy and even try NEW Salted Caramel roasted seeds. Tours take about half an hour and run on the half hour between 3pm and 4pm.
5th - 7th October - Film Feast Suffolk
Film Feast Suffolk is a weekend showcase featuring films, documentaries and short films from around the world on the subject of food and drink. Screenings will take place at The Riverside Theatre and various pop-up venues around Woodbridge including The Fire Station, Honey & Harvey and The Tea Hut. At the end of each day culinary delights from the evening screening will be recreated in the partner restaurants - The Riverside, The Table and The Galley.
14th October - Great Framlingham Sausage Festival
The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival is a celebration of the Great British Sausage, or to be more specific, the Great Sausages that are made right here in East Anglia using local ingredients and some mouth-watering recipes.
For more information and to download the 2018 festival guide, visit https://www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk/snape-maltings/2018-festival-guide