British Food Fortnight: East Anglia

Posted on: 09 September 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

This year's event is set to be the biggest yet with activities ranging from the wild to the practical.

19th September - 28th October: Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Restaurants, pubs and shops throughout the local area will be celebrating local food and drink. For further information, contact Alesha Gooderham at Snape Maltings, on 01728 688 303 or 07711 425 399.

20th September - 24th September: Harvest Week, Wimpole Hall

Seasonal display of squash and pumpkins in the Walled Kitchen Garden, including Turks Turban, Crown Prince, Celebration and Butternut. Advice and recipes available to help you make the most of this wonderful vegetable. National Trust admission
charges apply. For more information call 01223 206000.

20th September - 27th September: Forest Heath Food Festival

A week-long celebration of local food, produce and producers across the district. The aim of the event is to bring together hotels, pubs, restaurants and retailers, as well as food and drink producers to promote the wide variety of food available in the district and to inform local shoppers about the benefits of eating healthily and buying locally.There will be exciting events throughout the week across the district, all related to promoting local food. Additionally there will be various competitions for children to get involved with and farmers’ markets in Mildenhall and Newmarket. For more information contact Louise Fenwick on

20th September - 21st September: Grand Local Producer Fayre At La Hogue Farm Shop, Chippenham

50 local food producers & farmers will be in attendance meeting the public face to face undertaking tastings and promoting local produce. Will also include the visit of a local Pedigree Hereford herd of cattle. Free entry & car parking. Telephone 01638 751128 or see for more information.

20th September - 5th October: Lathcoats Farm Shop Celebrates Local Producers, Chelmsford

Lathcoats Farm Shop will be showcasing the farm’s wide range of English apple varieties as well as other local producers – from succulent organic lamb to Suffolk salami. Telephone 01245 353 021 for more information.

20th September: Food, Farming & Countryside’ Open Day At HFG Farm Shop, Blofield

An opportunity to learn more about fruit and vegetable production, enjoy tractor and trailer rides, meet rare breed animals and meet local producers at the free event. Email for further information.

22nd September - 3rd October: Schools In Essex & East London To Be Served A Special Menu

Ashlyns Organics manages the catering in 20 schools in Essex and East London and will run a British themed menu in the schools alongside special promotions and events.

24th September - 27th September: Mildenhall Museum’s Regional Food History Exhibition, Suffolk

Learn about the history of food production in the area. Contact Louise Fenwick by email on for more details.

25th September - 19th October: The Huntingdonshire Food & Drink Festival

An exciting calendar of culinary events will take place across the disctict as locally produced food is given a special platform to showcase itself. The main event will take place at Wood Green Animal Shelters in Godmanchester on 29th September and will be packed with food producers from Huntingdonshire and the surrounding areas. Contact Helen Donnellan at HDC on 01480 388 263 for more information.

25th September: British Food Fortnight Dinner At The Red Lion, Hinxton,

A dinner will be held at the pub with all food used sourced locally. Telephone Alex Clarke on 01799 530 601 for more information.

27th September - 28th September: Two Day Food & Drink Extravaganza At Snape Maltings

Over 70 local producers, workshops and demonstrations, talks and discussion forums, children’s corner, ample tastings of food, wine & beer, musical entertainment, RSPB guided walks and river trips.

27th September - 28th September: Celebration Of British Wines At La Hogue Farm

Winemakers from four counties will be present to tell the story behind their bottles and offer free tastings of their wine. Free Entry & Car Parking. The Wine Store, La Hogue Farm, La Hogue Road, Chippenham, Cambs. CB7 5PZ, call Mary Sapsford on 01638 555190, email or see for more details.

29th September - 5th October: Dunstable Downs Food & Drink Festival, Bedfordshire

The first Dunstable Downs Food and Drink Festival will involve a variety of events throughout the week including a Under 5s Healthy Pinic; a Local Beer Festival with hog roast and live music; The National Trust’s Giant Day Out and plenty of opportunities to meet local producers. Contact Deborah Vidler on 01707 260 129 for more details.

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