Aldeburgh: Food and Drink Festival to take place in September
More than 80 Suffolk producers will be taking part in an annual food and drink showcase in Aldeburgh in September.
The 2013 Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, now in its eighth year, is a two week celebration of the best food and drink on the Suffolk Coast and organisers say it is “consistently rated” as one of the best food
festivals in the UK.
There will be demonstrations from leading chefs including Daniel Clifford, Valentine Warner, Henry Harris and Sarah Raven, a weekend of hands-on workshops for adults and children, more than 50 fringe events and a conference chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Sheila Dillon on the subject of Food Security takes place on the eve of the main event.
The main festival takes place over the weekend of September 28 and 29 at Snape Maltings.
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“There isn’t a better, more enjoyable, more educational, more beautiful food and drink festival in Britain,” Ms Dillon said.
There will be demonstrations from Valentine Warner, Henry Harris, Sarah Raven and Lucas Hollweg. East Anglian chefs include Galton Blackiston of Morston Hall, Norfolk & Saturday Kitchen, Young Chef of the Year in Observer Food Monthly 2012 Paul Foster of Tuddenham Mill, Daniel Clifford of two-Michelin star restaurant Midsummer House in Cambridge and Madelene Bonvini-Hamel of British Larder, Woodbridge, who won the International Gourmand Award for Cookbook of the Year by a female chef.
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A packed programme off workshops from bread and pasta making to wine and spirit tasting is on offer for those seeking a hands-on experience.
The festival conference will explore how with a growing world population, more pressure on our natural resources and the uncertain climate, science, sustainable farming and local communities all have a part to play in ensuring we don’t go hungry in the future.
Keynote speaker, renowned agricultural economist Sir Gordon Conway of Imperial College, London and author of One Billion Hungry, will discuss global food security and the role of science.
The Fringe Festival extends the celebrations for a further two weeks and offers opportunities for farm walks, behind-the-scenes visits to producers, celebrations dinners, workshops and talks.