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Return of Harleston Food and Drink Festival




Janet Peachey of the Flying Chef.
Janet Peachey of the Flying Chef.

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The Harleston Food and Drink Festival returned for the fourth year at the weekend.

Food from farm to fork was celebrated with a mix of local produce, artisan treats and food, drink and walks.

Festival goers were given the chance to visit two local farms for Open Farm Day as part of the fun on Saturday.

Tasty treats
Tasty treats

The festival attracted more than 400 visitors.

“There were 13 stalls altogether, with shops also offering samples of their products,” said Nicky Stainton, chairman of events for Harleston’s Future, which organised the festival.

“A tractor and trailer took visitors to the farms, where they were able to explore the farms and learn about all the work that goes on there.

Purdey Gould of the cheese and pie man
Purdey Gould of the cheese and pie man

“The acapella singing group Too Many Cooks helped entertain the guests in the market square during the festival.

“The weather was great in the morning but, unfortunately, rain spoilt the afternoon a little. It was a great day though.”

The festival featured an array of locally-made products, from savoury pies to cakes and pastries, locally-reared meat to bottled preserves, artisan bread to apple juice and cider.

The event also included Brown’s Banger Bonanza, outside the shop.

Artisan liqueur
Artisan liqueur

Guided food and drink walks were held every hour from The Swan Hotel, with stops at shops to sample local produce.

Hill Farm in Redenhall Road and Shotford Hall Farm in Mendham Low Road were open between 11am and 3pm for visitors.

“The WI was also there and there were crafty stalls to add variety to the festival, added Nicky.”

Gabi Reid.
Gabi Reid.


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