Another successful Festival weekend took place at Snape Maltings at the end of September (and next year’s event will take place over the weekend of 27th and 28th September 2014).
There was a packed programme of cookery demonstrations, workshops and fringe events and the sun shone. More children than ever before attended the event and numbers were up with approximately 10,000 visitors.
The Festival’s old friend, food writer and cook Lucas Hollweg, writes of the Festival:
” . . .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. . . .”
The full 2013 programme can be downloaded here as a pdf.
Over 80 producers, some familiar and some new, gathered at Snape Maltings over the weekend of 28-29 September 2013. There were live demonstrations - celebrity chefs including Valentine Warner, Thomasina Miers and Sarah Raven visited again and for the first time we welcomed Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House in Cambridge alongside our local stars including Madalene Bonvini-Hamel of the British Larder, Paul Foster of Tuddenham Mill, Chris Lee of the soon to be Packhorse Inn at Moulton and our lovely vivacious Emma Crowhurst and also Mike Keen who not only compered but also took to the stage.
Our Festival Conference , Food Security for the Nation and for Suffolk, on Friday 27 September, chaired by Sheila Dillon of Radio 4’s Food Programme was well received. The conference tackled the issue of food security and how to produce and supply enough food for a growing global population.
Many people learned some new hands on skillss from the experts at the workshops. Ian Whitehead of Lane Farm offered some very popular sausage making classes, Maggie Franks explained more about the benefits of raw food and in another class gave lessons in smoothie making, children learned some new skills making some delicious savoury dishes, others, young and old did some cup cake decorating, plus many enjoyed the tutored Aspall Cyder tastings, as well as the Adnams Wine, Beer and Spirits tastings, the latter of which ran in conjunction with Fever Tree who visited for the first time.
The celebrations continue for two weeks after the Festival with a packed programme of Fringe Events, giving people the chance to go behind-the-scenes at some of our favourite food and drink producers, take part in cookery workshops, join farm walks or enjoy special lunches and dinners.
Next year’s Festival will take place over the weekend of 27th and 28th September 2014! See you there!