Festival Aims

The first Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival took place at Snape Maltings in 2006 to celebrate and publicise the abundance, variety and quality of food and drink in Suffolk. The organisers of the not-for-profit event also sought to reconnect people with the food provided by the landscape as a whole: the villages and market towns, the fields, woodlands and marshes, the rivers and the sea. The Festival has grown in size, success and importance but its philosophy remains the same.

The Festival’s aims are to:-

  • Celebrate and promote the variety, quality and abundance of food and drink in Suffolk
  • Emphasise the connection between local food producers and the countryside
  • Support the region's economy and reduce food miles by encouraging sales of local produce
  • Work with all local communities, inspiring everyone to cook
  • Publicise Suffolk as a food and drink destination throughout the year
  • Promote the Suffolk seaside and countryside, wildlife reserves, market towns and villages
  • Encourage and support new and fledgling food and drink businesses
  • Host conference discussions to explore broader food and nutrition issues