If music be the food of love …..

Love food? Love music? If the answers are yes, the 2013 Aylsham Food Festival, 4th to 6th October, is definitely not to be missed. The Festival, sponsored by AEG and J B Postle, first introduced music to its programme in 2012. This was so well received that Festival organisers Slow Food Aylsham decided to include it again for 2013 by booking the highly acclaimed percussion duo Bang On!

The two percussionists have been semi-finalists on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent as well as appearing at the Olympics opening ceremony. They have toured in Europe, played in the Far East and of course at many venues in the UK and on 28th September and 5th October, thanks to support from Creative Arts East and Norfolk Arts Council, they will be in Aylsham!


Bang On! offers a whole percussion experience to people of all ages, whether you just want to watch and listen or, even better, join in the fun. On Saturday 28th September at Aylsham High School, Bang On! will be running a series of three free workshops where you can go along and discover a percussion experience that will prove music can be made from almost anything. All ‘instruments’ will be on hand and you don’t need any musical experience, just the ability to enjoy yourself!

The duo will be back in town on Saturday 5th October, this time in the Market Place and Town Hall.  There will be two more workshops, starting at midday, and at around 3.30pm a Grand Finale performance in the Market Place involving everyone who has played in the workshops.

Slow Food’s Jill Willis who has arranged for Bang On! to be part of the Food Festival says she’ really excited about bringing such a well known group to the Festival. “Bang On! produce a great addictive sound,” she says, “and it’s difficult to keep still while they’re playing. Their visit to Aylsham offers everyone, young and not so young, the opportunity to enjoy a unique musical experience.”

You can book your free place at a Bang On! workshop by logging on to www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk


If you have the energy left after Bang On!, there’s another musical opportunity during the Food Festival weekend. On Saturday 5th October at 7.30pm in the Town Hall, Norfolk based band Rig-a-Jig-Jig will be playing and calling the dances for an evening of country music fun, staged in association with Aylsham Heritage Centre and Aylsham Local History Society. Tickets, at £8 to include a ploughman’s supper, are available from Salad Days in Aylsham Market Place and from Food Lovers Café & Deli in Penfold Street.

Aylsham Food Festival runs from 4th to 6th October and includes food markets, Kids Cooking Workshops, a Gala Dinner and the Big Slow Breakfast, plus free cookery demonstrations on the AEG Mobile Cooking Academy which will be based at Blickling Hall. For the full Festival programme visit www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk


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