What’s new at the Aylsham Food Festival in October 2021?

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From a market showcasing some of Norfolk’s tastiest produce to a wine tasting and lazy Sunday brunch, it’s no wonder the Aylsham Food Festival weekend is one of the busiest dates. expected from the county’s gastronomic calendar.

And the good news is that the event, hosted by Slow Food Aylsham and Cittaslow, is scheduled to return from October 1-3.

The 15th festival will open on Friday evening with an incredible curtain-raiser in technicolor when up to 100 guests at the sold-out festival gala dinner get a preview of the Aylsham High School Christmas show, which this year is the hit musical, Joseph.

It will be a double victory for the school as the four-course meal will be prepared, cooked and served by the catering students.

Then on Saturday morning is the extended Farmers Market, with the town hall doors open for the Slow Food Market with local producers and artisan stalls.


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To whet your appetite, the producers are there:

Cromer kitchen
Delicious jams, chutneys and cordials made from local, locally sourced products and fodder.

Eve’s Hill Veg Co
Fresh produce from a community market garden near Reepham.


Ferndale cheeses
– Credit: Archant Library

Ferndale Norfolk Cheeses
Based in Little Barningham, Ferndale is famous for its Norfolk Dapple cheese. All of their cheeses are made from whole raw milk, which gives them a full and distinctive flavor.

Greenwood Apiaries
Based in Aylsham, they produce honey, cut combs and whole frames of honey.

Harrison Chocolate Makers
Beautifully handcrafted chocolates from Belgian chocolate from one of the oldest cocoa roasters in the country.

Simply Cake Co
Based in West Norfolk, brownies and other sweets from baker Susanna Lemon are simply a must.

SØD Bakery
A new Scandinavian-inspired bakery selling fresh sweet breads, pastries and cakes.

There will also be booths from the woodworkers Woods World Wide, Aylsham Community Fridge, Food Enterprise and the National Trust.

And there will be a cooking demonstration and a variety of attractions for adults and children, including Dougie the Dino, an animatronic baby dinosaur puppet, and a resident local jazz band.

Wine lovers will be able to taste a special selection at the Heritage Center on Saturday evening from 7 p.m.

And what better way to get rid of a hangover than with the famous Big Slow Brunch or the all-you-can-eat continental buffet on Sundays, spend a quiet morning chatting with family and friends or just reading the papers?

Aylsham is the oldest established town of Cittàslow in the UK and one of only three.

Last year was Slow Food Aylsham and Cittaslow’s 15th anniversary with guests from all over the world planning to visit the historic market town of North Norfolk to celebrate its special status.

Where and when
The gala dinner is sold out. Sunday brunch tickets are £ 8 (£ 4 for children under 12) available from Postles in Aylsham, by phone on 0751 936 1812 or by email at [email protected]
Full festival details are available on slowfoodaylsham.org.uk or facebook.com/AylshamFoodFestival or Twitter @slowfoodaylsham.
Joseph will run from Monday December 20 to Friday December 24. Tickets available through ticketsource.co.uk.

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