A wide variety of local food producers, the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings and perfect weather - this was my first taste of the Aldeburgh Food Festival and I was not disappointed. This is just how a food festival should be - a real celebration of small-scale, local companies committed to producing high quality products.
There was so much to choose from and I would have happily purchased something from every stall there but due to budget and boot space limitations and the fact that, no matter how yummy it all is, there really is only so much chutney a person needs, I had to keep my excitement in check. So here is selection of my personal highlights.
As well as pestos, Purely Pesto also produce a range of other dips and sauces. I fell for their Honey & Dill Mayonnaise in particular as I am a recent convert to the aromatic savoury flavour of that feathery herb.
Thorpeness Leaves provided me with a very generous bag of salad leaves (see above for the list of contents) and some colourful red and yellow cherry tomatoes.
Munchy Seeds' Vanilla Pumpkin seeds were just too moreish to walk away from.
Lunch was provided by Salad Days - an enormous bowl full of chicken, leaves, couscous, roasted vegetables and tomatoes.
The Metfield Bakery offered a wide variety of loaves, not to mention their permanent on-site deli and cafe which I will return to one day - sadly I left it too late to pick up one of the sourdough loaves that I'd had my eye on as they had all sold out by mid afternoon.
A jar of Coronation Sauce came from Stokes (one of the three brands owned by Essfoods) - providers of a variety of sauces and dressings.
The Cake Shop in Woodbridge must win the award for the most tempting display of brownies. Again, though, I waited too long and they were all gone when I came back to find one for my afternoon snack. I settled instead for one of their Combicorn loaves (so called because of the assortment of grains and seeds inside it).
The day was ended on a high note with this gorgeous Raspberry Frozen yoghurt, provided by Margaret's Frozen Luxuries. Happy days.