Aylsham Food Festival

It’s showtime for food festival

The 15th Aylsham Food Festival will open in October with an amazing technicolour curtain-raiser.

In an exclusive preview of their Christmas Show, students from Aylsham High School will entertain up to 100 guests at the Festival Dinner with songs from the hit musical, Joseph – the  first time the school has been able to  give a sneak peek of their annual stage show.

Aylsham Food Festival
Noah and Kylie Syrett as Mr and Mrs Potiphar.

The Friday night Gala dinner traditionally launches the festival and will be a win double for the school as the four-course meal will be prepared, cooked and served by the catering students.

The three-day festival from 1-3 October, organised by Slow Food Aylsham and Cittaslow, celebrates all that is good about local produce and food traders, and will feature a packed programme of favourites including the Country Market, Farmers’ Market, wine tasting evening and the famous Big Slow Brunch.

Patrick Prekopp, chair of Slow Food Aylsham, and Cittàslow said: “After last year’s no-show, we were looking at the bleak prospect of a stripped-down festival but, thanks to the students, we are finally able to celebrate our anniversary in style.”

Aylsham Food Festival
Charlie Wilson as Pharaoh (middle), Zak Khanna (left) and Ezra Herring as Brothers.

The festival kicks off on Friday morning (1 October) with the Country Market where you can buy or sample a wide range of home-grown, home-made, and home-baked products.

Friday night is Gala night at the High School.

Saturday morning it’s the extended Farmers’ Market and the Town Hall doors will be open for the Slow Food market with local producers and artisan stalls as well as a  cookery demonstration and a variety of attractions for both adults and children including Dougie the Dino, a baby dinosaur animatronic puppet and resident local jazz band.

Wine buffs will be tasting a special selection at the Heritage Centre on the Saturday night.

And what better way to clear any hangover than with the famous Big Slow Brunch fry-up or the all-you-can-eat Continental buffet on Sunday, spending a leisurely morning in the Town Hall chatting with family and friends or simply reading the papers?

Aylsham is the oldest established Cittàslow town in the UK and one of only three. Last year was the 15th anniversary of both Slow Food Aylsham and Cittàslow when guests from around the world had planned to visit the historic north Norfolk market town to celebrate its special status.

Aylsham Food Festival

Tickets for the dinner are £15pp; Sunday Brunch  £8 (£4 for children under 12) available from Postles, in  Aylsham, phone 0751 936 1812 or email [email protected].

Festival details on www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk or facebook.com/AylshamFoodFestival or Twitter@slowfoodaylsham.

Joseph will run from Monday 20 until Friday 24 December. Tickets available via ticketsource.co.uk.  



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