More than 3,000 people enjoy a bite out of the Big Onion Festival

Laurelle Matthews-Sole 6, Jasmine Byford 6, Lexie Byford, 3, and Lola Matthews-Sole, 4. ANL-150709-143322001
Laurelle Matthews-Sole 6, Jasmine Byford 6, Lexie Byford, 3, and Lola Matthews-Sole, 4. ANL-150709-143322001

Elveden’s annual Big Onion Festival welcomed more than 3,000 people to the local food, drink and music event.

The extravaganza,held inside the historic Walled Garden of the estate, continued to stake it’s claim as a great event on the food festival calender.

Imogen Bovill and Harriet Easdalr from Giffords Hall ANL-150709-143945001

Imogen Bovill and Harriet Easdalr from Giffords Hall ANL-150709-143945001

More than 50 local food, drink and craft producers were involved in the farmer’s market which gave visitors the chance to taste a variety of produce.

Demonstrations from chefs such as Justin Sharpe, from Bury St Edmunds’ Pea Porridge, and Jeremy Medley, from Infusions 4 chefs, wowed the crowds whilst guided farm tours and clay pigeon shooting were also on offer.

Lavenham Falconry gave people the chance to hold birds of prey, including a five-month-old Siberian Eagle Owl which proved a great attraction for adults and children alike. Activities including a petting farm, donkey rides, T-shirt printing and a bouncy castle were also available for the children.

A full programme of live music from songwriters and cover bands played over the two days covering everything from Indie rock to Jazz and Country. Howie Dawson, a Festival favourite, demonstrated the tradition of onion stringing to festival-goers and managed to raise over £400 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.

'Ned knows his onions'&.Lord Iveagh with Howie Dawson bunching onions grown on the estate ANL-150709-144008001

'Ned knows his onions'&.Lord Iveagh with Howie Dawson bunching onions grown on the estate ANL-150709-144008001