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Everything you need to know about this year's Aylsham Food Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:50 03 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:51 03 October 2019

Norfolk chefs Charlie Hodson (left) and Steve Thorpe. Pictures: supplied by Pat Prekopp

Norfolk chefs Charlie Hodson (left) and Steve Thorpe. Pictures: supplied by Pat Prekopp

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This year's Aylsham Food Festival is a sell-out.

Juggling Chef Ian Marchant. Pictures: supplied by Pat PrekoppJuggling Chef Ian Marchant. Pictures: supplied by Pat Prekopp

Here's your one-stop guide to what's on.

When is it and where is it all happening?

Last year's Aylsham Food Festival. The Big Slow Sunday Brunch. Pictures: supplied by Pat PrekoppLast year's Aylsham Food Festival. The Big Slow Sunday Brunch. Pictures: supplied by Pat Prekopp

The 2019 Aylsham Food Festival will run from October 4 to 6. The traditional event features a packed programme of favourites - old and new.

The festival, organised by Slow Food Aylsham and Cittaslow, features the weekly Friday morning Country Market in the town hall, a wine and cheese tasting event at the Heritage Centre, entertainment, stalls and street food at Saturday's farmers' market, and the famous Big Slow Brunch on Sunday morning

Last year's Aylsham Food Festival. Aylsham Farmers Market. Pictures: supplied by Pat PrekoppLast year's Aylsham Food Festival. Aylsham Farmers Market. Pictures: supplied by Pat Prekopp

Who will be there?

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Two of Norfolk's best-known chefs will launch the festival.

Charlie Hodson, of Norfolk Food Heroes and co-organiser of the Big Sausage Bash in Aylsham, and Steve Thorpe, former head of the catering school at City College, Norwich, and now ambassador for the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry - will be guest speakers at the Festival Dinner on Friday, October 4 at Aylsham High School.

They will be joined by popular local chef Derrol Waller who will demonstrate his cookery skills and entertain visitors at the Festival Farmers' Market on Saturday.

Chefs Steve Thorpe and Charlie Hodson, both long-time friends of the festival, will be re-united at Aylsham High School, where they delighted the audience back in 2017 with a wealth of anecdotes. The dinner will be prepared, cooked and served by the school's Hospitality and Catering students.

What people can expect?

'Juggling Chef' Ian Marchant and his Culinary Capers will entertain visitors to Saturday's Farmers' Market. Clad in chef's whites, Ian performs feats with fruit, vegetables, and crockery, and will be in and out the Town Hall where Slow Food will host a variety of attractions and stalls selling an array of home produce including old-fashioned farmhouse cheese, a chocolatier, and beekeepers with a range of nutritional and health products.

Finally, the end of the Food Festival is marked by the ever-popular Big Slow Brunch on Sunday morning when members of Slow Food Aylsham and friends will cook up a Full English breakfast or Continental alternative for around 100 people.

More on www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk or follow Slow Food Aylsham on Facebook and Twitter.

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