The Festival takes place in the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, next to the River Alde and close to the Suffolk coast, where reed-covered marshlands stretch into the distance towards Aldeburgh.
The Festival hosts over 100 food and drink producers from Suffolk, many from just a few miles away, all gathered to sell their produce to thousands of visitors over the course of the weekend.
We celebrate producers who make, grow and produce within Suffolk. Each year we have a section dedicated to Start-Up Businesses to help get them known; a street food area; hundreds of stalls to buy from of a huge variety of produce, from micro-herbs to ice cream, non-alcoholic spirits to fresh meat, sourdough pastries to local beer. We’ve got it alL!
The Festival is truly family friendly with free tickets for under 15s, free children’s activities and hands on cooking workshops.
Not only is there an amazing array of local produce but the festival also has 2 cookery demonstration stages hosting visiting and local chefs. Over the past few years we have had some amazing chefs come to Suffolk including Valentine Warner, Henry Harris, Thomasina Miers, Sabrina Ghayour, Natalie Colemann and Jane Baxter to name a few.
The first Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival took place at Snape Maltings in 2006 to celebrate and publicise the abundance, variety and quality of food and drink in Suffolk. The organisers of the not-for-profit event also sought to reconnect people with the food provided by the landscape as a whole: the villages and market towns, the fields, woodlands and marshes, the rivers and the sea. The Festival has grown in size, success and importance but its philosophy remains the same.
The Festival’s aims are to:-
- Celebrate and promote the variety, quality and abundance of food and drink in Suffolk
- Emphasise the connection between local food producers and the countryside
- Support the region’s economy and reduce food miles by encouraging sales of local produce
- Work with all local communities, inspiring everyone to cook
- Publicise Suffolk as a food and drink destination throughout the year
- Promote the Suffolk seaside and countryside, wildlife reserves, market towns and villages
- Encourage and support new and fledgling food and drink businesses
- Host conference discussions to explore broader food and nutrition issues