Aylsham Food Festival

Aylsham Food Festival

October saw our annual pilgrimage to cook and serve guests from the community as part of the Aylsham Food Festival. A different venue this year, being at Bure Valley School meant that our students had to be outside caterers, preparing some food within our school food rooms and then finishing and cooking within the commercial school canteen a mile away!

Students cooked a simpler menu comprising of Coxford the butchers award winning sausages on a bed of Buxton Potatoes mash and a rich ratatouille including some marrow grown by our own students here at school. The apple and berry crumble incorporated fruit from our staff with a rich cream-based custard.

The event also featured a talk from Steve Thorpe, vice principal of City College Norwich and former head of the Hotel School as well as Charlie Hodson, founder of Norfolk Food Heroes and now Executive Chef at the Fur and Feathers, Woodbastwick. Both took time to come into their ‘natural environment’ and talked to our students in the kitchen and were full of praise for the professionalism of our front of house teams too.

Although a smaller event compared to our 120 guest gala dinner in previous years, it was pleasing to see existing GCSE food prep and nutrition students being supported by past  GCSE caterers and some ‘up and coming’ year 7s and 8s.


Jason Baxter

Catering, Head of Department