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Aldeburgh Food and Drink 2012

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is a two-week celebration of the abundance of good local food and drink to be found in East Suffolk.

The 2012 Festival will take place throughout East Suffolk from Saturday 29th September until Sunday 14th October, with the main weekend event taking place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September being held at Snape Maltings, situated on the river Alde, in a landscape of open skies, marshland, and reedbeds.

The festival will once again showcase the cream of East Suffolk’s foodand drink producers, with plenty of opportunities for visitors to try before they buy.

Other highlights will include cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, fun
food-related activities, workshops, boat trips, RSPB-guided walks and more.
In this uniquely beautiful setting, the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival has
become established as one of the foremost food festivals in Britain, while the
whole area has become a food destination to celebrate the amazing variety,
quality and abundance of food and drink produced in the Alde Valley and along
the Heritage Coast of East Suffolk.

The main festival weekend is an impressive two-day programme of talks,
workshops and cookery demonstrations including hands on cookery lessons for
children and grown-ups, and a number of workshops run by Adnams offering an
introduction to Wine, Beer and Spirits for the adults, to mention but a few.
Chefs who have already confirmed that they will be visiting in 2012 include
festival lover Thomasina Miers, winner of Masterchef and owner of Wahaca
restaurant group will be sourcing the ‘The Best of the Festival Produce’ from all
of our producers on show and then creating a Suffolk Surprise. Joining
Thomasina will be Valentine Warner, food writer, chef and culinary adventurer.
Valentine has a real passion for the return to more traditional approach to
ingredients and working in harmony with nature and the seasons. Matthew Fort,
Galton Blackiston, and Emma Crowhurst as well as many of the finest local
Suffolk chefs, have also confirmed their attendance.

In addition to the weekend Festival, two weeks of Fringe Events will also be held
to show case the ‘field to fork’ principle providing unique opportunities to visit
producers, explore the countryside and experience new dining experiences.
The itinerary includes a host of regional and premier food producers actively
encouraging schools, businesses, restaurateurs, hoteliers and discerning food
enthusiasts to get involved and celebrate all that the bountiful Suffolk coastline
has to offer. Event sponsors include local Southwold Brewery, Adnams and also
in conjunction with Suffolk County Council and many more local businesses.

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