The Anchor Walberswick

SLOW FOOD EAST SUFFOLK launched at The Anchor



Back in July, we were delighted to sponsor and host the launch of Slow Food East Suffolk at The Anchor.

We have been continually inspired over the years by all the great foodie events we have such as the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival and the sense of place around here, terroir as the French would say, in our culture, produce and landscape, plus of course the amazing ingredients and artisan producers on our doorstep, so a few months ago we finally stopped just talking about forming a local Slow Food group and decided to actually go ahead and do it, in cahoots with our equally passionate friend, food editor Glyn Williams.

Joined by well-known foodies on the SFES Committee - Julie West, past CEO of regional food body Tastes of Anglia, our great butcher friend Jeremy Thickitt of Clarke's of Bramfield and PR man Colin Maunder - Slow Food East Suffolk is going great guns, arranging some fabulous events for the late summer and autumn as well as planning projects to help promote 'good, clean, fair for all', the ethos of Slow Food International. Formed in 1986 by Carlo Petrini in Italy to help halt the rise of fast food - the catalyst being McDonalds trying to open a branch at the base of the Spanish Steps in Rome - and generally fight for a slower pace of life and protection of regional food and drink heritage. All of which we wholeheartedl;y agree with and hold dear in East Suffolk too.

So it was a great pleasure to welcome the new local members of Slow Food joining our Slow Food East Suffolk here to the Anchor for the launch as well as potential members, local journalists, food producers and dignitaries on what proved to be a glorious sunny convivial evening. Wishing the group's inception well, we blessed the fortunes of Slow Food East Suffolk with delicious canapés expertly prepared by Andy and his team (Sophie being stuck at A & E with little Rose who had hurt her foot when someone dropped a table on it at school, great timing) and raised glasses of Fergus' very quaffable Adnams Jack Brand Rye IPA and John's moreish chilled Forrest Estate rosé, just perfect for the occasion.

Shane Holland, Chair of Slow Food London and a Trustee of Slow Food UK formally welcomed the new group whilst Lady Caroline Cranbrook, President of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, gave us all the good wishes of the food producers and wider foodie community locally.

If you are interested in finding out more about how joining Slow Food will open you up to a wonderful world of local food and drink, unique opportunities and superb events, then do get in touch via our SFES website