Aylsham gearing up for food festival

Just Regional
Sep 15, 2014 3 mins read

Here’s how to make your 5-a-day more exciting – turn them into musical instruments!

That’s just what Aylsham Food Festival is offering via free ‘make and play’ sessions with the renowned London Vegetable Orchestra when they come to Aylsham on Saturday 27th September.  The Orchestra specialises in making musical instruments out of common-or-garden vegetables and then playing a range of popular tunes like Elvis Parsley’s ‘Blue Swede Shoes’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Auberjean’!

The London Vegetable Orchestra was founded some 3 years ago, since when it has appeared on national TV and at other festivals up and down the country. It creates its brass section from courgettes, squashes, peppers and cassava roots, its soaring winds from carrot recorders, and a banging percussion section including freshly carved pumpkins.

As a ‘Taster Session’ for their performances on Food Festival Saturday, 4th October, the Orchestra is offering free workshops for all the family at Aylsham High School on the previous Saturday 27th September. All you have to do is register at www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk and get along to the School at 11am. As Frank Skinner said when the Orchestra was featured on ‘Room 101’, “The government says you should listen to five of their songs a day!”

As well as the Orchestra workshops, Slow Food Aylsham, organisers of Aylsham Food Festival, will be offering informal Cooking Workshops at the High School on 27th September. Once again they are completely free with all ingredients, equipment and even aprons supplied. Booking is again via the website, but don’t delay because these are bound to be popular.

Aylsham Food Festival itself will run from 2nd to 5th October and on Saturday 4th, alongside the London Vegetable Orchestra’s performances at 12.45pm and 1.20pm, there will be a range of other activities. In the Market Place there will be cooking demonstrations by local chefs, roving magicians from Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, music from jazz band One Foot in the Groove and the Salvation Army plus of course Aylsham’s FARMA-accredited Farmers Market with guest stalls which will include Woodfordes Brewery.

Bringing the 2014 Food Festival to a close will be the traditional Big Slow Breakfast in the Town Hall. Catering for around 120 people, members of Slow Food Aylsham will cook and serve a ‘Full English’ before themselves sitting down for a well-earned rest! Tickets for the Breakfast, at £7, can be purchased from Barnwells newsagents and Salad Days Fruit & Veg, both in the Market Place.

There is more information about this year’s Aylsham Food Festival at www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk

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