Thursday, 4 October 2012

Preview: Aldeburgh Food Festival Fringe Events

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival continues for another week or so with its schedule of fantastic fringe events taking place throughout the east Suffolk area. Here's a round-up of my top picks...

Saturday 6th October ~ Film & Food & Feelgood Music @ Aldeburgh Cinema
For £15, lovers of all of the above can enjoy 4 hours of top notch independent cinema, food-focused of course, accompanied by an acoustic quartet specialising in Native South American Folk music, and an impressive menu of themed canapes and puddings! Introducing the event are Jason Shaw of The White Lion in Aldeburgh and Thomas Gerstenmeyer of Aldeburgh Cinema. The two fabulous films explore cooking in two very different cultures: Louisiana, the Deep South, in Yum Yum Yum (US, 1990) and creative Spanish cuisine in El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (Spain, 2011).
Wednesday 10th October ~ Steak Night & Butchery Demo, Middleton Farm Shop
Middleton is a great little village (remember my review of The Bell Inn - definitely worth a visit if you're in the area) and nearby Middleton Farm is welcoming guests to its shop next week to learn more about beef and butchery. Including a demonstration and tips from Gerard King, followed by a dinner of heritage breed steak, chips and farm-grown salad, the evening costs just £20 per person.
Saturday 13th October ~ Secret Themed Dining Experience, The Open Kitchen
I'm a big fan of the supper club concept and thoroughly recommend the experience (dubious? Read my review of a Cambridge supper club from earlier this year). The Woodbridge Open Kitchen has planned a secret themed five course menu to be held in a secret location, to be revealed only once an email booking has been made and paid for (£40 per person). Email to book.

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October ~ Meet the Producers at Pump Street Bakery, near Orford
A free behind-the-scenes visit to a working bakery in Gedgrave near the charming village of Orford. Anyone as obsessed as I am with seeing first-hand the ingredients and processes that go in to producing the food they're buying and eating will love this. The Pump Street Bakery team are reputed to be very friendly and are renowned for their sour dough and Eccles cakes. (If you get time to visit nearby Orford, pop into The Jolly Sailor for a pint; it's lovely).
Enjoy! :-)
P.s. You can read my article about the main festival weekend here.