The Big Onion day draws in big crowds

Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden  IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate  holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured;
Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured;
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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.

Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured; Farm manager Andrew Francis, MP Jim Pace, and Lord Iver.

Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured; Farm manager Andrew Francis, MP Jim Pace, and Lord Iver.

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.”

Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured; MP Jim Pace

Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured; MP Jim Pace

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.

Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured; John Mcfarlane, from Norfolk

Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured; John Mcfarlane, from Norfolk

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.”

Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden  IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate  holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured;

Elveden Walleds Garden, Elveden IP24 3 TJ.'Elveden Estate holds its annual The Big Onion festival . Food stalls, live cooking and entertainment. ''Pictured;