Big Onion draws the crowds

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.
Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.
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Wonderful aromas and tasty treats drew hundreds of visitors to Elveden’s Big Onion Food and Music Festival on Saturday.

From cheese and wine tasting to free donkey rides, live music, professional cookery demonstrations and baking competitions, the popular event - hosted by Elveden Estate - was bigger than ever before, attracting more than 1,800 visitors.

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.

Unsurprisingly, the vegetable that inspired the annual festival featured heavily, with traditional onion plaiting, an onion shy, talks from the UK’s leading onion grower and farm tours.

Event organiser Frances Armstrong said: “We were delighted by the amount of support for this year’s Big Onion and have already received some exceptional feedback from visitors. The onion stringing was a real hit again, raising £180 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

“New for 2013 was a baking competition, which attracted almost thirty entries, including ten Victoria sponges. Judged by our chef Peter McBurnie, the four winners will be cooking up their recipes with Peter in the coming months, with a batch of each item on sale in the food shop in aid of their chosen charity.”

First time visitor Charmain Hawkins said: “We thought it was an excellent day out. Having attended with two other adults, a toddler and a dalmatian dog, we found there was something for all of us – even the dog went home with a smart new collar.”

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.

Elveden estate grows around 25,000 tons of onions each year, which is around six per cent of the country’s total crop.

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.   Howard Dawson shows off some onions!

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate. Howard Dawson shows off some onions!

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.

Big Onion Festival on the Elveden Estate.