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Hundreds enjoy choice and entertainment at food festival

Juggling chef Ian Merchant entertained visitors at Aylsham's Saturday farmers' market. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Juggling chef Ian Merchant entertained visitors at Aylsham's Saturday farmers' market. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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The three-day Aylsham Food Festival is proving a popular treat with hundreds enjoying the great choice and extra entertainment.

Juggling chef Ian Merchant entertained visitors at Aylsham's Saturday farmers' market. Picture: Ella WilkinsonJuggling chef Ian Merchant entertained visitors at Aylsham's Saturday farmers' market. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

'Juggling Chef' Ian Marchant and his Culinary Capers have been entertaining visitors to Saturday's Farmers' Market.

Clad in chef's whites he performed feats with fruit, vegetables, and crockery, in the town hall.

Popular local chef Derrol Waller has also been demonstrating his cookery skills and entertaining visitors at the farmers' market.

The festival is organised by Slow Food Aylsham and Cittaslow, and Slow Food is hosting 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.

The  Saturday farmers' market had extra entertainment from the juggling chef. Picture: Ella WilkinsonThe Saturday farmers' market had extra entertainment from the juggling chef. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

One of the organisers Roger Willis said: "Last night's festival dinner at Aylsham High School was a major success. It was cooked, prepared and served by school youngsters. They prepared a vegetable chilli con carne followed by dessert.

"Today is the showcase of the festival with all the extra stalls. And then tomorrow is the Big Slow Brunch, from 10.30am to-1pm, when members of Slow Food Aylsham and friends will cook up a Full English breakfast or Continental alternative. We are expecting about 90 people for that. It will be held in the town hall so we will not be affected by any rain, which is expected."

The festival was launched by 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. They were guest speakers at last night's dinner.

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