For food lovers, it is a joyful celebration of quality, provenance and flavour. From the sausages to the cider, the bread to the beans, everything you’ll find here has the undeniable added savour that comes from food produced with integrity and care by real people with big characters and stories to tell. But, just as importantly, the festival is a reminder, in its own gentle way, of all the other reasons that local food really matters: the low food miles, the benefits for the regional economy, the wider need to find sustainable ways of putting food on the table.
Visit the 2016 Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival
Nestled along the banks of Suffolk’s beautiful River Alde, the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival again sets the stage for visitors near and far to experience all the magnificent cuisines and crafts that the region’s vendors have to offer. Historical Snape Maldings plays host to the festival on September 24th and 25th 2016, which features area craftsman selling wares including cuisine, kitchen items, art, crafts, literature and a wide variety of other items. The festival’s scenic backdrop adds another dimension to the experience and is one of many reasons that the festival is considered to be one of the premiere food festivals in the UK.
Things to See and Do
The Aldeburgh Food and Drink festival boasts a variety of events, demonstrations and contests occurring on two stages scheduled throughout the festival’s run. A number of visiting chefs demo food preparation, liquor, beer and wine tasting and more. Familiar chefs like Jamie Oliver and 2010 MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker are amongst the headliners of the two day festival, with other notable figures involved including:
- Sunday Telegraph food writer Diana Henry
- Conde Nast Traveller food writer and stylist Rosie Birkett
- James Martin BBC Saturday regular Galton Blackiston
- Award winning restaurateur Anna Hansen
- BBC presenter and panelist Tim Hayward
- Chef, recipe writer and food stylist Olia Hercules
- Married chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Sulovich of Honey & Co
- MasterChef 2010 runner up and proprietor of Macarons & More, Tim Kinnaird
- Cook, food writer and BBC television personality Thomasina Miers
- BBC regular and owner of Eyre Brothers, Brindisa and Gaudi restaurants, José Pizarro
- 2014 Great British Bake Off and author Luis Troyano
One of the highlights of the festival to many food enthusiasts is the ability to attend reasonably priced Masterclasses taught by these great chefs and peers from their field. A number of the classes for this year’s festival have already sold out, but some are still available.
Classes that are still available for ticket purchase include:
- Kitchen 101 featuring Mike Keen of The Brewery Tap
- Marvellous meringues by Admar Odenda of The White Lion
- Wild Food Foray by Vivia Bamford
- Rye in baking, brewing and distilling, showcased by Adnams and Two Magpies Bakery.
- Flavours of the Unexpected, a lunch with Diana Henry
- Aspall Tutored Cyder Tasting
- Tim Hayward’s writing masterclass
Popular classes can sell out quickly. Some of the high demand classes that are already sold out include macaron preparation, gin cocktail crafting, learning to make perfect meringues, a masterclass on spices, instructions on Middle Eastern baking and more.
What Vendors Will Be at the Festival?
With the massive number of vendors that will be present at this year’s festival, an amazing variety of local and regional items will be available for purchase with something available for every taste. If you’re wondering what producers are attending the festival in 2016:
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Discover the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival.