Tickets are now on sale for Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2018, which is taking place over the weekend of 28th, 29th, and 30th September.
The popular food festival is held in the historic and beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, Suffolk, the home of Aldeburgh Music. The festival is not for profit and widely acknowledged as one of the best in Britain, celebrating the very best of the county’s produce, farmers, growers, food and drink.
The festival, which aims to encourage a connection between people and the environment they live in, will be hosting a Wild Suffolk area where you can learn about foraging, open- fire cooking, fishing, game and the wildlife of Suffolk, as well as the Adnams Drinks Experience led by beer expert Melissa Cole and the Hillfarm Family Meadow.
East Anglia is known for its abundance of fantastic quality produce, the landscape providing the perfect environment for a variety of different harvest. The role Suffolk plays in providing the rest of England with this produce is apparent throughout the festival.
Time for Change
The festival this year begins with the return of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Conference, titled An Appetite for Change, Eating Wisely and Well, taking place on Friday 28th September. Chaired by radio presenter Bill Turnbull, speakers taking part will explore the role of trends in food consumption; the local food economy; and the relationship between diet and health; and include experts from various sectors including health, medicine, science, farming, environment, community and the food industry. Food writer, journalist, historian and author Bee Wilson will be taking part as well as chef and restaurateur Thomasina Miers.
Visiting Chefs and Speakers
The festival welcomes a host of the country’s leading chefs who will give cooking demonstrations. This year, the festival celebrates a variety of eclectic talent from across the food industry who will be hosting thought-provoking talks, cookery demonstrations and masterclasses.
This year’s chefs include the unstoppable Dan Doherty (previously of Duck & Waffle) and current judge of BBC’s Britain’s Best Home Cook, bringing his charm and talent to Aldeburgh before embarking on his next restaurant project later this year, best-selling author and chef, Melissa Helmsley, the award-winning chef and restaurateur behind Gorgeous Kitchen, Sophie Michell, Indian chef and food writer Maunika Gowardhan and 2018 Masterchef winner, Kenny Tutt.
Chef, restaurateur and food writer Thomasina Miers returns to Aldeburgh this year, hosting a discussion with restaurateur, broadcaster, cookery writer and caterer, Prue Leith. Also returning are Guardian columnist and influencer Rosie Birkett, Dhruv Baker, Chetna Makan, Tim Anderson, Thuy Pham from The Little Viet Kitchen and Michelin-starred Norfolk chef Galton Blackiston.
The Best of the Region
Each year Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival champions the region’s finest artisan food and drink producers, dedicating space for both traditional producers and also new and innovative producers. This year includes another stellar line-up, including Suffolk raw milk and cheese producer, Fen Farm Dairy, start-up brewery Ampersand Brew Co, vodka and gin distillery Flint & Hardings, a Suffolk distillery which uses locally farmed sugar beet and botanicals and Truly Traceable, award-winning, artisan game pies made in Halesworth.
The Festival is followed by two weeks of “Fringe Events” from 29th September – 14th October. These include farm walks, special dinners, talks, meet-the-producer events and much more.
Festival tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the gate during the festival weekend.
Adult tickets: £8 for a day ticket, £14 for a weekend ticket. Tickets include a Festival programme and cotton shopping bag. Children under 15 have free entrance.
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival 2018