RACHEL DUCKER CHECKS OUT THIS YEARS EVENT AT SNAPE MALTINGS…
Last month I had the pleasure of attending the annual Aldeburgh Food & Drink festival 2016. This festival showcases the very best of Suffolk produce, and what fine produce there was on offer…
The event took place in the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, next to the River Alde and close to the Suffolk coast, where reed-covered marshlands stretch into the distance towards Aldeburgh. This year, I had my partners in crime with me, Lois and Becca, whilst Sam helped out with the photography!
As we arrived, we didn’t know where to start, so without thinking, we all scattered of like ants, only to realise we had in fact we had all split up to investigate the scrumptious smells that were luring us in. A few of my particular favourites included Calvors, who specialise in larger and ale… this was one of my first stops… well, it was a hot day and I had to make sure I didn’t get dehydrated!
Shortly after this pit stop, came my first purchase of the day, which was at ‘Bakers’, who specialise in baking for dogs. For those of you who know me you will know that our dog Archie, (column found on page 122) is one spoilt puppy, so naturally the first purchase was for him!
As we ventured and sampled our way through delicious smells and brightly coloured displays, we also took time to visit the two cookery demonstration stages hosting visiting and local chefs.
The marque this year was home to Suffolk’s finest producers. In here we loved watching the crowds sampling away, some of the displays looked like pieces of artwork.
With over 90 food and drink producers from Suffolk, many from just a few miles away, all selling their produce including raw milk, organic vegetables, sourdough bread, award winning beer and spirits from sponsors Adnams, cider from Aspall and delicious street food. It was a wonderful event, more news can be found on the website.
For more information about the festival check out www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk