Snape and Cake!


we’ve just had the most beautiful weekend and Aldeburgh was thriving! However, as I now write this, the weather has done a complete U turn and is actually starting to behave as though it’s finally realised that it’s October and not July! Last weekend was just as gorgeous which was perfect for the annual Aldeburgh Food Festival at Snape Maltings. The festival, held over two days every September, champions local food producers, restaurants, butchers, farmers, breweries, delicatessens, tea shops – in fact anything that is properly and locally produced and associated with food is likely to have a stall at Snape! Aside from the vast array of stalls there are also numerous demonstrations from chefs, lectures on and about the produce of food and local bands serenading the visitors as they wander around the food wonderland.

This year, alongside Scandinavian chef Trine Hahnemann, Hannah Marriage from Marriages Flour (whose flour we use in all of our baking at the Cragg Sister’s)and Kate Hawkings was asked to judge the esteemed Aldeburgh Food Festival’s Baking Competition. This was such good fun and with so many great cakes to choose from – it’s never easy being a judge, but it’s sure harder being the brave person entering their cake. I’d be terrified! It was a real giggle with the other ladies and I like to think that the entrants enjoyed themselves too…

Awarding a young baker with his prize.

Awarding a young baker with his prize.

All the judges in a row ...

All the judges in a row …

One of the most elaborate entries

One of the most elaborate entries


The festival is a great opportunity to see familiar faces and catch up outside of the usual work arena. For example, I saw Clare from Aldeburgh’s Lawsons Delicatessen selling their fabulous wares – her pasties and sweet choices are to die for! I also managed to catch Gerard King from Aldeburgh’s Salter and King butchers giving a demonstration with chef Valentine Warner on a BBQ outside – this was great fun and really informative.

Man and BBQ!

Man and BBQ!

Gerard and Chef Valentine's demonstration

Gerard and Valentine’s demonstration

I have to say, aside from the compliment of being asked to judge the cake competition, the other hi-light for me personally, was the festival feast on the Saturday night. This was held in the Hoffman building at Snape and involved communal tables, a folky band and a choice of starter sized dishes from some of the chefs and producers at the festival. I had the most divine venison and balsamic onion ciabatta from Peter Harrison; unfortunately I couldn’t manage much more due to completely over indulging earlier in the day on a massive and scrumptious Kenton Hall burger. He he! Got to love food festivals!


Trine Hahnemann's brilliant recipe book

Trine Hahnemann’s brilliant recipe book

Henrietta Inman's pop up patisserie - really lovely

Henrietta Inman’s pop up patisserie – really lovely


From Aldeburgh with Love, Emma X

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