Proudly known as a ‘foodie town’, Aylsham can boast a good selection of cafes and restaurants, a monthly farmers market, a weekly Country Market, two award-winning butchers, two bakers, a greengrocers and three supermarkets.
It’s no surprise then that the town also includes a branch of the international Slow Food movement which, with its renowned annual Food Festival and other activities, has been a part of the fabric of Aylsham for 15 years.
Founded in the 1980s, Slow Food International has around 150 branches all over the world, including 19 in the UK. To mark its 15th year in Aylsham, the local branch will play host to the UK organisation’s Annual General Meeting, to be held in October.
Delegates will descend on the town from all over the country and will be invited to join in with the Food Festival which this year runs from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th. Dinner on the Friday will be cooked and served by students at the High School while Sunday will round off the celebrations with the traditional ‘Big Slow Brunch’.
In between will be the Country Market (part of the national co-operative social enterprise of Country Markets) on Friday and the farmers market on Saturday.
Both these feature food which has been sourced locally, supporting local businesses and agriculture. Other Saturday activities will be announced in due course – watch this space!
Picture above shows the original Food Festival logo which was designed by pupils at the High School.