ELVEDEN Estate’s first Big Onion event couldn’t have been timed better as the estate announced this year’s crop boasted super-sized onions.
People packed into the Walled Garden at the estate, in Elveden, on Saturday for the event.
The sun shone down on the food and drink festival as visitors enjoyed trying and tasting from more than 50 stalls run by local producers.
Live music from Lick and a Promise and Class of ‘87 kept crowds entertained and budding chefs could enjoy a number of cooking demonstrations from chefs including Elveden’s executive chef Peter McBurnie.
A bouncy castle and face painting kept the children happy and profits from programme sales went to St Nicholas Hospice.
Frances Armstrong, marketing manager at Elveden Estate, said: “It’s got a nice feel to it as a festival, it’s almost like a big farmers’ market but with entertainment and activities.”
Producers from all over East Anglia had stands at the event including Gifford’s Hall, Ickworth Vineyard, Kin Knives, The Cupcake Salon and Yum Yum Tree Fudge.
Charles and Jillian Mcready, from Ickworth Vineyards, said: “It’s a wonderful event and this is a brilliant time of year to hold it.”
Selling more than 700 tickets in advance and with tickets on the door, the day was certainly popular with visitors.
Cathy and Joe Bixler, from Thetford, enjoyed the day with their dog, Duke. “It’s nice, really relaxed and it’s got a good atmosphere,” they said.
Tim Kinnaird put on a demonstration on how to make a macaron from scratch and had a stall for his Watton-based business, Macarons and More.
He said: “It’s a lovely location in the Walled Garden, it’s got a good vibe and it’s nice to see proper local producers here.”