Going Bananas for the Aylsham Food Festival!

A food festival wouldn’t be a food festival if it didn’t have bananas, right? Well, Aylsham’s annual 3-day Festival organisers certainly thought so when they booked the Banana Ukulele Band from Norwich to entertain visitors at their ‘Showcase Saturday’.

But, of course, bananas weren’t the only thing on offer. Over the three days at the beginning of October, Aylsham residents and visitors were treated to the Slow Food group’s take on local food, starting with ‘Cider with Rosie’ and ending, on Sunday morning, with the ‘Big Slow Brunch’. In between was supper for some 60 people, featuring a meal prepared, cooked and served by students at the High School, followed by guest speaker Richard Hughes, patron of Norfolk Food & Drink. As many of you will know, Richard is Chef Director at Norwich’s Assembly House restaurant, from where he also runs his eponymous cookery school.

Aylsham’s Country Market, a cooperative of local home-based producers, had a wide selection of its foods and crafts on Friday morning, while Saturday saw the town’s monthly Farmers’ Market in the town centre, enhanced by a selection of guest stalls in the Town Hall. Saturday evening’s Wine Tasting was a sell out and on Sunday, a remarkable 100 people sat down to enjoy the Festival’s Big Slow Brunch, cooked and served – using local produce of course – by members of Slow Food Aylsham and friends.

You can find out more information about Slow Food Aylsham and its activities at www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk