The mysteries of what happens in the refectory of a medieval nunnery are among some of the delights to be revealed at this year’s Aylsham Food Festival.
Organised by Slow Food Aylsham, the weekend-long festival in October — one of the highlights of the food scene in north Norfolk — features country markets, food—related demonstrations, wine tasting and the famous Sunday brunch.
As a starter, on Wednesday 20 September, Rosie Wilkin will give a talk in costume at Aylsham library called "Monastic Meals — Feasting and Fasting", where you will hear about Prioress Hrotsvit and discover what happens in the refectory of a medieval nunnery.
Friday 6 October. From 8.30am to midday — Town Hall: Aylsham Country Market will be offering a selection of free samples of their wide range of foodstuffs.
Friday evening. 'An evening with Steve Thorpe and Charlie Hodson' at Bure Valley School, including supper (Details to be confirmed.)
Saturday 7 October — morning. Aylsham Farmers Market in Market Place together with guest stalls, including Love Food, Hate Waste, will tempt shoppers with a wide range of local produce, while in the Town Hall there will be interactive events for children and adults, plus food—related demonstrations.
Saturday evening. Wine tasting at the Heritage Centre. Sample a selection of wines with cheeses especially chosen to complement each wine. Led by Brian Sullivan from Harper Wells wine merchants of Eaton. Booking is essential as places are limited. Tickets at £17 per head include all wines and cheese from the Heritage Centre.
Sunday 8 October — morning. The Big Slow Brunch catered by members of Slow Food Aylsham will be held in the Town Hall. Tickets will be on sale nearer the date.