A ten-day celebration of food and drink across the Waveney Valley kicks off next Friday, with a cavalcade of events hitting venues across seven different market towns in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Now entering the fourth year since its inception, the organisers say they hope this year’s festival will help raise the profile of the Waveney Valley and put it on the region’s food and drink map, with local growers, farmers, producers and retailers as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes coming together to host their own ‘foodie’ events.
In addition to a variety of tastings, farm tours, demonstrations, special local menus, community events, special offers and open days put on by local producers and retailers, there will be a number of major events between October 2 and October 11.
The first is dubbed The Taste of Harleston, which runs on Saturday, October 3, between 9.30am and 4pm on Exchange Street and Market Place.
Featuring the Harleston Country Kitchen Street Market, there will be street food, cookery books, kitchenalia and arts/crafts planned along with street performers, an opportunity to win some fantastic family days out by completing the Around Town Trail and some delicious food and drink on offer.
Also in Harleston on Saturday is the Sizzling Sausage Saturday Spectacular at The Swan Hotel, involving contributions from local schools, as well as a sausage roll competition.
In Diss, the Disscover Food, Drink and Music event will run throughout the ten days at its local shops, markets, cafés and restaurants, with one of the highlights being the three-day Food, Beer and Music Festival based at The Boilerhouse in Norfolk House Yard, featuring tastings, local produce stalls and live music, headlined by the award-winning Grain Brewery.
Over in Eye, the annual Eye Lids pie-baking competition returns on Saturday, October 10.
Entry is open to all to make their favourite pie and take it along to Eye Town Hall between 10.30-11.15am for judging.
Additionally, there will be a special class for pies linked to the First World War, and the judging will be followed by an auction of Pies for the Mayor’s Charity Fund at 12.30pm.
For the full details of the festival, check out the events programme, which can be found at www.visitwaveneyvalley.co.uk/food-drink/waveney-valley-food-drink-festival-2015