Festival proves peas just aren't boring

PEASENHALL hosted the second annual Pea Festival and put paid to the claim that peas are boring.

PEASENHALL hosted the second annual Pea Festival and put paid to the claim that peas are boring.

The village's Assembly Hall was the venue for the world pea podding championship, as well as other pea related competitions including the Suffolk pea shooting championship.

Visitors were reminded of the humble pea's culinary versatility with a selection of food incorporating the often maligned legume - from pork and pea sausages to beef and pea burgers.

The unusual event, supported by the Yes Peas! campaign and the East Anglian Pea Growers' Association, saw local growers compete for several pea themed titles including the longest pea pod and the biggest, fattest single pea.


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Budding amateur artists put their brushstrokes to use producing original art work depicting peas in paintings and sculptures while celebrity chef, Rachel Green demonstrated a selection of pea recipes with tastings throughout the day.

The mid-day parade saw the coronation of this year's Queen Pea, Princess Sweet Pea and Captain Birds Eye.

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A raffle in aid of the village hall included odd prizes from local suppliers including a year's supply of peas.

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