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In The Press!

Posted: 3 years ago (0 comments)

NAMED, BEST FOR FOOD, Daily Mail Festival Frenzy 

A joyful celebration of all things totally delicious (and totally Suffolk), this is the foodie's festival. Over 90 Suffolk producers gather to flaunt their tasty wares, host workshops and take part in discussions alongside well-known chefs. The 2016 programme is still being curated, but last year's included Jose Pizarro, Thomasina 'Wahaca' Miers, Dhruv Baker (winner of MasterChef 2010) and Rosie Birkett.

See here for the full article...

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, which is held at Snape Maltings in September, is the foodie's festival

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Our Suffolk Young Producers head to London...

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Suffolk Young Producers launch The Suffolk Punch public house at Vault Festival 27th January – 6th March 2016

On Wednesday27th January the sixth VAULT Festival will open its doors - eight spaces within one venue, three bars and a very special pop-up restaurant fill the labyrinthine vaults beneath London’s Waterloo Station.

Vault Festival and the Suffolk Young Producers, created by the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, welcome festival visitors to their pop-up restaurant, The Suffolk Punch bringing the very best of East Anglian food and drink to subterranean London.

Most of The Suffolk Punch menu ingredients are provided by the Suffolk Young Producers, a group of award-winning artisan food entrepreneurs who have created a country pub-style venue in the middle of a cutting edge arts festival. David Wright from the award-winning Cake Shop Bakery in Woodbridge leads the team with the support of the other Suffolk Young Producers - Alder Carr ices, Diaper Poultry, The Plough & Sail, Fen Farm Dairy, Henrietta Inman, Kenton Hall, Lane Farm, Marriages the Millers, Marybelle Dairy, Newbourne Farm, Pump Street Bakery and Suffolk stalwarts Adnams of Southwold and Aspall Cyder, together with some other well-known Suffolk food businesses.

The Vault Festival

Since its inception in 2012 VAULT has hosted over 250 productions, from outrageous comedy acts to hard-hitting political theatre and experimental new work from Britain’s most exciting emerging artists. 2016 promises to deliver another feast for the body, soul and mind with an international array of performances exploring themes such as gender, mental health, conflict and much more. Details of the 150+ events taking place are outlined in the VAULT Festival 2016 programme that can be viewed here.

New for 2016 will be the first VAULT Film Festival taking place each Sunday in February. Both long and short form screenings spanning drama, documentary, animation and more will feature. Additionally some pieces will appear courtesy of a partnership with Paris’ ECU Film Festival.

Head to VAULTFestival.com for full listings, show info, timings and tickets, alternatively a full festival programme can be accessed here.

The Suffolk Punch Opening Hours

Wednesday - Friday 6pm - 10pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am - 10pm. Sunday is Pizza Day and only the pizza menu will be available, all pizzas are 2 for 1 between 3pm and 6pm.

Suffolk Punch Menu here...

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Guest Blog: Good Sense Research

Posted: 4 years ago (0 comments)

Good Sense Research, part of leading food consultancy firm Food Innovation Solutions, is a consumer research agency that works predominantly in the food and drink industry.

This September we are teaming up with local enterprise agency, Menta (also based in Bury St Edmunds) to co-sponsor the festival’s start-up marquee, a great working partnership that will benefit the up-and-coming food producers in the area.

Amongst the Aldeburgh Food Festival’s aims are; encouraging people to support the local economy and reduce our carbon foot print by buying local, encouraging people to grow and cook their own food, and promoting the abundance and variety of food and drink produced in Suffolk. Embedded in the very essence of the festival are some of today’s fastest growing consumer and food trends.

Today we live in a consumer driven society, where the desires and impulses that we so love to satisfy, are often in conflict with our morals and values, and our need to feel good about ourselves. Global warming, poverty and human overpopulation are among the biggest challenges facing today’s society and naturally our lifestyles contribute to these. So ideally, there would be a way to continue indulging, but with less of an impact… Cue ‘conscious consumption’. Here are a few examples;

The Ugly Vegetable Movement is gaining momentum as companies seek to promote the purchase and consumption of ugly or less-than-perfect fruit. In 2014 France’s 3rd largest retailer Intermarché took their inglorious fruits campaign viral and served soups and shakes in the supermarkets made from ugly veg, in a bid to demonstrate that they are perfectly fit for consumption. Here in the UK Waitrose has its range of ‘weather-blemished’ fruit and earlier this year Asda trialled its wonky fruit and veg campaign ‘Beautiful on the Inside’.

‘Dumpster dining’ is also a means to raising awareness about food waste. Skipchen in Bristol is a non-for-profit café that has been serving up nutritious meals made out of surplus food picked out of supermarket skips. Naturally, the menu changes daily offering variety and the customers are invited to pay as they feel. Those who are struggling financially are also welcome to eat for free. In true no-waste fashion, anything left over at the end of the Skipchen day is given away rather than put in the bin.

Original Unverpakt in Berlin, Germany is a packaging and wrapping free supermarket, championing sustainability. Of course this means that certain things are unavailable, such as toothpaste in a tube, but the founders believe it makes for a better shopping experience because what’s sold in store has been selected as the best option.

Transparency is another big trend. Consumers want to know exactly where their food has come from and the importance and appreciation of local, homegrown produce is increasing. An extension of this, something that is also driven by the 2014 changes to allergen labelling laws, is clearer labelling on products that tells consumers all they want to know about what the food contains.

Finally we are seeing the development of alternative protein sources to feed the growing world population and in particular, entomophagy or the consumption of insects. Whilst the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that two billion of the world’s population already eat insects as part of their normal diet, we are only beginning to see this movement in the UK. Ento is a London based start-up that creates foods using edible insects.

In conclusion, the Aldeburgh Food Festival is more than just a fun-family day out; it’s a celebration of Suffolk food that champions many of the solutions to broader societal issues. So when you visit the festival, have a think about the broader food and consumer trends that are present in each of the stalls and keep your eye out for the edible insect based products that will no doubt appear in the near future! 

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The Cake Shop Woodbridge Producer Video

Posted: 4 years ago (0 comments)

To celebrate our 10th anniversary we have been working with local videographer Rory Fitzgerald to produce a series of behind the scenes producer videos. We thought it would be nice to take a closer look at our producers and see why they're so special. 


The second film takes a look at The Cake Shop Woodbridge a family run bakery here in Suffolk also featuring The Tide Mill Woodbridge.    
 

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Behind the Scenes Videos

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To celebrate our 10th anniversary we have been working with local videographer Rory Fitzgerald to produce a series of behind the scenes producer videos. We thought it would be nice to take a closer look at our producers and see why they're so special. 

The first video takes a look at Kenton Hall Estate with sister Emily and Lucy McVeigh, they have a small herd of Long Horn Cattle, along with cookery school, farm shop, glamping site, wedding venue and burger trailer.      

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Exciting New Podcasts by Hugo Harrison

Posted: 4 years ago (0 comments)

For many years Suffolk has been famed for its beautiful and diverse countryside. In the last decade, however, attention has turned to another of the county’s assets – food.

The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival has been a keen supporter and exhibitor of Suffolk’s evolving culinary circuit, but a lot has changed in the event’s ten-year history. There is now not only a growing number of quality food outlets but an increasing list of artisan producers, too.

A flourishing interest in food, and where it comes from, has been witnessed nationwide, but in Suffolk an inspirational group of people are sewing the seeds for a diverse and fruitful future.

In 2013, a cast of second generation farmers, cheese makers, bakers and butchers formed the Young Producers group. This platform, on which emerging and established young food producers meet, allows them to collaborate and discuss the challenges they face and the successes they’ve enjoyed.

Throughout the day and night, in hazy smokehouses and on vast fields, the Young Producers are creating food of an un-paralleled quality. In most cases, however, their voices are never heard – until now.

As part of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival’s tenth anniversary, I will be discussing, investigating and sharing the stories of some of Suffolk’s Young Producers in a series of ten festival podcast episodes.

Each week you will be able to come behind the scenes, and meet those that make some of the county’s finest produce. We’ll travel from a bakery that’s changing the landscape in British chocolate to a butcher whose bacon packs a punch. You can subscribe here where episodes will be published each Sunday in the lead up to the festival, beginning on August 2nd.

You can also follow me on Twitter here (@hugo_harrison) for a collection of interviews, photographs and recipes from the producers that I meet along the way. 

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Guest Blog: Barrell & Sellers launched at Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival and now in Fortnum and Mason

Posted: 4 years ago (0 comments)

Barrell & Sellers is a new microbrewery based in the Waveney Valley in Suffolk Started in early 2014, we launched our range of bottled beers at this years fabulous Aldeburgh Food Festival, exhibiting in the New Producers zone.This created a fantastic opportunity to be involved with other start up's at such an exciting event.
It was a great weekend for us , having heard that we had just won 3 Gold medals for our bottled beer in the SIBA East regional competition, the event offered the chance to put our beers in front of many visitors and provide tastings and information about our brand.This led directly to us receiving an order from Fortnum and Mason ....with delivery in time for Christmas!

Our online shop will be open for business at the end of November and we are very much looking forward to being part of the Christmas Market at Snape Maltings.

The perfect end to the year!

www.barrellandsellers.co.uk

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Guest Blog: Lane Farm Reach Final of National Sausage Competition

Posted: 4 years ago (0 comments)

Earlier this year Lane Farm country foods entered their Pork Apple and Apricot sausage into the National BPEX British Sausage Week 2014 competition and have reached the final. British Sausage week takes place from the 3rd November until the 9th November and is an annual celebration of the taste, quality and diversity of the traditional British Banger. British Sausage Week involves everyone from your local butcher to retailers and has also gained the support of Ex England Rugby Legend Phil Vickery who plays an active role in promoting British Sausages. Ian and daughter Rebecca will be heading up to the Worshipful Company of Butchers in London on the 31st October where they will find out who has won.
“We feel very honoured to even make it this far and feel that British Sausage week is a great way of creating awareness of the quality that we have here in Britain”.

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