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Young cooks and aspiring chefs have come to the rescue of this year’s Aylsham Food Festival.

Thanks to the catering students at Aylsham High School, the 15th Aylsham Food Festival will go ahead at its traditional time, the first weekend of October and launched with a Gala Dinner – prepared, cooked and served by the students.

Covid restrictions and fear of a third wave understandably delayed any decision by the school. So it is with great pleasure that Slow Food Aylsham can announce a full programme after all.

The three-day festival, organised by Slow Food Aylsham and Cittaslow, celebrates all that is good about local produce and food traders, and will feature a packed programme of favourites.

The event kicks off on Friday morning (1 October) with the Country Market where you can buy or sample a wide range of home-grown, home-made, and home-baked products.

Friday night is Gala night at Aylsham High with seating for up to 100 guests. The four-course menu will, of course, feature  locally produced  food, there will be a bar and it is hoped to have a distinguished guest speaker. Ticket prices to be confirmed – but book now to be sure of a place.

Saturday morning it’s the extended Farmers’ Market and the Town Hall doors will be open for the Slow Food market with local producers and artisan stalls as well as a  cookery demonstration and a variety of attractions for both adults and children. Local jazz band One Foot In The Groove will be in the square to entertain visitors.

Saturday evening is devoted to wine tasting at the Heritage Centre.

And what better way to clear any hangover than with the famous Big Brunch fry-up or the all-you-can-eat Continental buffet on Sunday and spend a leisurely morning chatting with family and friends or simply reading the papers?

Catered and served by members of Slow Food Aylsham at the Town Hall, this family event usually sells out fast, so book early.

  • Stallholders, traders, and suppliers interested in booking a pitch in the Town Hall for the Saturday market, please email for details.

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