On Wednesday 3rd May, Suffolk Food Hall celebrates a decade since its doors opened with an array of activities. Centred on the number 10, there are ten commemorative deeds happening across the week starting on the Monday; with 10 minute cake-overs free to customers, over £1,000 in prizes and a world record attempt, to name but a few.
The tenth milestone marks a big moment in a relatively short history of the business. Customers are invited to the Food Hall just south of Ipswich, at 1pm Saturday 6th May to take part in the world record attempt; the most people eating sausage rolls in a single location at the same time. The sausage roll is a product handmade by Suffolk Food Hall since its first day, so is a fitting part of the celebrations and something all can enjoy for free outside in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlooking the River Orwell.
Over the course of the first May weekend ten local suppliers will be showcasing their quality, reflecting a constant in the Food Hall business as it evolved over the years. The Cookhouse, a younger addition enters its 5th year this July, is offering 10% off all on weekdays as a further thank you to the loyal customer base. Founders Robert and Oliver Paul as well as running the Food Hall, rear a herd of Red Poll cattle, which will be a key part in the Cookhouse challenge, also held on Saturday 6th May. This is for keen eaters to take on a special one-off beefburger.
Suffolk Food Hall has developed over the last decade but not without loyal support from customers, suppliers and staff alike; who are all encouraged to get involved in the celebrations. Many are set to recall some of their favourite memories and products, and all are encouraged to add to the nostalgia with a memory [Face]book, at the Food Hall and on-line. Members of staff will also be embarking on a range of 10k challenges, running, cycling, walking and riding to celebrate and support local charity Suffolk Community Foundation.
“Whilst ten years seems to have raced by” added Oliver Paul, “on reflection, the team has achieved a huge amount for the business, for our customers and for local food in general. This provides all the inspiration needed for the next 10 years.”