Aylsham Food Festival

An invitation to Aylsham Food Festival

The three-day Aylsham Food Festival launches this autumn in its traditional slot on the first weekend of October, starting Friday 30 September to 2 October.

Organised by Slow Food Aylsham and Cittaslow,  it’s a must on any dedicated foodie’s calendar, as it  celebrates Norfolk’s flourishing food and drink scene. 

Set in Aylsham’s historic and picturesque Market Place, it features a Farmers’ Market, Country Market, wine tasting, the showpiece Festival Dinner and famous Big Slow Brunch. 

For entertainment, visitors to the Farmers’ Market will be treated to a cookery demonstration like no other by comedy chefs Hugh Fearn and Lee Whittingstall who run the Liver Cottage Mobile. Their mad-cap antics create “fusion food on the move” and promise to delight younger visitors.

Aylsham Food Festival
Comedy chefs Hugh Fearn and Lee Whittingstall, of the Liver Cottage Mobile Kitchen.

And for only the second time, students from Aylsham High School will  give a hi-tech flavour of their annual stage show with songs from the hit musical, Elf at the Festival Dinner.

Tanya Wiseman, who produces the show, said: “We would like to thank Slow Food for allowing us this fantastic opportunity to showcase parts of the musical, and to work with our colleagues from the Food and Nutrition department. The costumes are all handmade, and for the first time at Aylsham High School, we are using a video wall as part of the set.”

The festival, which dates back to 2005, is a popular event for families and a showcase for local producers, artisans, and traders.

Organised by Slow Food Aylsham, a not-for-profit group which campaigns for fresh, healthy and affordable food, and, its sister organisation Cittaslow Aylsham, the festival brings together local producers, traders and businesses to promote all that is good about local produce.

Patrick Prekopp, chair of SFA, said: “Despite the continuing challenging times – the festival was cancelled in 2020 because of Covid – this will be the 16th festival and, although many of the usual participants have suffered along the way, it promises to be a great weekend.

“So don’t miss this great opportunity – as Buddy from Elf would say: ‘Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins’ be the first to get your tickets.”

Diary of Events

Friday 30 September 

  • Country Market, Town Hall, 8.30 – Midday. Free entry.
  • Festival Dinner at Aylsham High School, 6 – 10pm. Tickets £18pp*
    Tables are for 10. If your party is less than 10, please expect to be seated with others.

Saturday 1 October 

  • Farmers’ Market, 8.30 – 1pm. More stalls in the Town Hall and entertainment by comedy chefs and their Liver Cottage Mobile Kitchen. 
  • 7pm: Wine tasting with choice cheeses. Tickets £17pp from the Heritage Centre. 

Sunday 2 October

  • The Big Slow Brunch – 10.30 to 1pm in the Town Hall. Freshly cooked traditional Full English and/or Continental buffet and served by members of Slow Food and friends. Tickets £9pp –  Children under 12, £4.50* 

* For tickets, please email: [email protected]

  • Tickets are non-refundable, and any reservations not paid by 16 September will be automatically cancelled.
  • Tickets for Elf will be on sale at Aylsham High School from the end of  September on Wednesday lunchtimes 12.30pm to 1.15pm or via Ticketsource on line. Opening night is Monday 19 December.

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