Chefs re-united for Food Festival
Top-class chefs will be topping the bill at Aylsham’s traditional Food Festival which returns this autumn with a packed programme of favourites – old and new.
Now in its 14th year, Slow Food Aylsham is setting out its stall for its traditional three-day celebration of all that is good about local produce and food traders.
The annual Food Festival is held on the first weekend of October, when Slow Food Aylsham stages events that promote local food, while also providing entertainment for the community. This year, they will be working alongside sister organisation, Cittaslow Aylsham, to produce a variety of events over the festival’s three days, 4th to 6th October.
Two of Norfolk’s best-known chefs – Charlie Hodson, of Norfolk Food Heroes and co-organiser of the Big Sausage Bash in Aylsham, and Steve Thorpe, former head of the catering school at City College, Norwich, and now ambassador for the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry – will be guest speakers at the Festival Dinner.
And popular local chef Derrol Waller will demonstrate his skills and entertain visitors at the Festival Farmers’ Market.
But before the Festival proper, as appetiser or “apple-tiser” event, local cider maker David Warren and his daughter will present Cider with Rosie – an evening demonstrating the art of cider-making. Bring your own apples for crushing and sample fresh apple juice, or home-made scrumpy, or buy from the barrel. In the Town Hall on Saturday 28 September from 6pm.
The following Friday, 4 October, Steve Thorpe and Charlie Hodson, both long-time friends of the Festival, will be re-united at Aylsham High School, where they delighted the audience back in 2017 with a wealth of anecdotes. The dinner will be prepared, cooked and served by the school’s Hospitality and Catering students.
Tickets for the dinner are just £12.50 per person and available at Postles in the Market Place or phone 07519 361812.
‘Juggling Chef’ Ian Marchant and his Culinary Capers will entertain visitors to Saturday’s Farmers’ Market. Clad in chef’s whites, Ian performs feats with fruit, vegetables, and crockery, and will be in and out the Town Hall where Slow Food will host a variety of attractions and stalls selling an array of home produce including old-fashioned farmhouse cheese, a chocolatier, and beekeepers with a range of nutritional and health products.
Finally, the end of the Food Festival is marked by the ever-popular Big Slow Brunch on Sunday morning when members of Slow Food Aylsham and friends will cook up a Full English breakfast or Continental alternative for around 100 people. This family-oriented event usually sells out fast, so don’t delay in getting your tickets, at £7 per person, from Postles or by phoning 07519 361812.
Watch for updates on www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk or follow Slow Food Aylsham on Facebook and Twitter.