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The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2013

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Visitors to the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival enjoying the sunshineBright sunshine and the promise of a delicious day greeted the thousands of visitors arriving at the biggest celebration of local food and drink in Suffolk - the annual Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival. One hundred of the region's finest producers of edible and drinkable things gathered together all in one place makes for a fantastic day out for everyone. It's made even better by being situated in the stunning surroundings of Snape Maltings. Adnams is proud to be the main sponsor of the festival again this year. The Adnams Boat Bar welcomed new arrivals Jack Brand Dry Hopped Lager and Old Ale alongside Southwold Bitter, Broadside, Ghost Ship, Spindrift, Sole Bay Sparkling Ale and Topaz Gold. The Cellar & Kitchen Beach Hut offered an array of Adnams goodies for visitors to try and buy, and new to the festival this year was the Adnams Gin Experience in association with Fever Tree Premium Natural Mixers. Situated in the Hoffman building, festival-goers were given the chance to try the range of Adnams spirits with a variety of tasty mixers. Distiller John Macarthy, Wine Buyer Alastair Marshall, and Brewer Belinda Jennings, all hosted ticketed tasting events, where visitors could sit down, listen and relax as they tasted through a range of spirits, wines and beers. Head Chef at The Crown in Southwold, Tyler TorranceHead Chef at The Crown, Tyler Torrance, amused and delighted visitors once again on the Courtyard Stage - you can see Tyler again on Sunday at 2pm. There's just so much to see and do, as well as taste at this year's festival. The organisers have invited an amazing line-up of guest presenters and speakers, including Sarah Raven, broadcaster and writer, and Bob Flowerdew - a perennial favourite on Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time. Gates open at 10am tomorrow, but if you miss this year's festival you still have two more weeks to take part in one or more 'fringe' events. Check out the Aldeburgh Food & Drink website for full details. You can view pictures from Saturday's festival on Flickr.    

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