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Aylsham Food Festival

Aylsham Food Festival Picture courtesy of Andy Davison Photography
Aylsham Food Festival Picture courtesy of Andy Davison Photography
Aylsham Food Festival Picture courtesy of Andy Davison Photography
Aylsham Food Festival Picture courtesy of Andy Davison Photography

From breakfast to dinner, from workshops to demonstrations to musical entertainment and markets, this year’s Aylsham Food Festival, organised by Slow Food Aylsham, had everything for those who enjoy their food with a light-hearted touch!

Taking full advantage of the impressive Mobile Cooking Academy, on loan from Festival sponsors AEG and temporarily sited at Blickling Hall, the weekend got off to a flying start with a series of workshops for groups of young children from local primary schools.
The Festival Gala Dinner occupied its traditional Friday evening slot when over 100 students at Aylsham High School cooked and served a 5-course meal for more than 100 guests. Guest speaker Steve Thorpe, Festival patron and Head of the Hotel School at City College Norwich, praised the youngsters for producing a superb meal of the highest standard.
Aylsham Food Festival includes two food markets, the first on Friday morning, Aylsham Country Market, is a cooperative of local home-based producers. Aylsham’s FARMA-accredited Farmers Market, held every first and third Saturday of the month, enjoyed a very busy day, extending its hours to take in performances by junk percussion duo, Bang On!
Slow Food UK Acting CEO, Colin Bom joined the ‘Slow Breakfast’ on Sunday and said “It’s great to see how our local groups are able to bring their community together over good, local food”, together with Slow Food Aylsham leader Roger Willis, who summed up the 2013 Food Festival: “Pulling together all the different elements of this year’s Festival has been a challenging experience, thanks to the exceptional efforts of all Slow Food Aylsham members, plus back-up from principal sponsors, AEG and J B Postle, and our other supporters, I think we have pulled off the best Festival to date. The Cooking Academy vehicle has been a major success, while I think everyone agreed that the Dinner at the High School scaled new heights of excellence.”
The Big Slow Breakfast has always rounded off Aylsham Food Festival and 2013 was no exception. Serving also as the final event in the 5-week Norfolk Food & Drink Festival, the Breakfast saw 120 people sit down to enjoy delicious food…
If you would like to join Slow Food Aylsham and get involved in the organisation of the next Festival, email group leader Roger Willis at for details.



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