The tricky task of stringing onions was just one of the attractions at last weekend’s Big Onion Festival staged at the Elveden walled garden.
But it was much more than onions with a range of tasty East Anglian products on show, cookery demonstrations, tastings and live music from home grown talent.
Donkey and tractor rides, tee shirt printing and games amused the children while there were farm tours and a farmers market showcasing more than 70 local food and drink suppliers.
This year there was also a train tour of the estate showing people some of the conservation work including deer management and forestry as well as the estate’s Christmas trees. Elveden supplies 5,000 domestic trees and 900 display species.
Top chefs carried out cookery demonstrations including Lee Bye from Tuddenham Mill, Michelle Gillot of Home Chocolate Factory and Rachel Green from Kill It, Cook It, Eat It.
The estate’s game keeper Hoss Younge demonstrated rabbit skinning and pigeon preparation and was joined by Rachel and Elveden head chef Scott Taylor demonstraing simple game recipes for people to try at home.
There were also cookery demonstrations from Morston Hall’s Richard Bainbridge and Ashley Williamson, cocktails with Warner Edwards Gin and oils from Positively Good for You Olive Oils.
Music on both days came from a number of local bands iuncluding the Wildfire Ceilidh Band, Rob James Jazz Trio, Game Plan and Cody Pennington.
Lord Iveagh and family also joined the crowds duriong the weekend which saw 3,000 people visit.
Frances Flemming, estate marketing manager, said: “We had a fantastic event and having expanded the festival to two days it was lovely to see how busy we were on both days.
The aim is to showcase East Anglian producers and also show people what we do here at Elveden.
“We have had some lovely feedback from people.”