THE cream of Alderney’s local food and drink will be taking centre stage at the Island’s Food Festival again this June.
Dozens of food and drink events and offers will be served up as part of the 12-day extravaganza and Alderney’s fabulous beef, pork, seafood and creamy dairy dishes are the main event.
So what makes Alderney’s local produce so special?
You only need to drink in Alderney’s unspoiled scenery to find out.
Along the south cliffs, Kiln Farm’s pretty herd of cattle graze contentedly in sunshine on the sea cliffs, while next to the tracks leading to Alderney’s gannet colony, you see the free range rare breed pigs living the good life on the Blaye. Then there’s sweet and juicy crab and lobsters plucked fresh from the blue, clear waters of Braye Bay.
It’s easy to see why residents insist on home grown when they eat out.
Kiln Farm beef, Alderney Free Range Pigs, local fish and seafood and the Island’s famously rich cream and butter – immortalised in a poem by AA Milne titled The King’s Breakfast – feature in a spread of meals and theme evenings at the Island’s pubs, restaurants and hotels. Festival highlights range from outstanding afternoon teas in the walled garden of cosy St Anne’s Guesthouse and to al fresco lunches and people watching at Jack’s Brasserie to fine dining at the beachside Braye Beach Hotel.
Tuck into specials such as Kiln Farm Steak Night, a Crab & Lobster weekend or an evening devoted to succulent Fruits de le Mer.
With the emphasis on keeping the food miles to a minimum, the festival will also showcase locally produced drinks from the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Helene Turner, Director of Tourism, says the Food and Drink Festival is the ideal opportunity to sample what Alderney has to offer.
“The Alderney Food Festival is a fantastic opportunity to explore Alderney and taste some of the best home-grown produce that the British Isles have to offer. The Island is just small enough to walk or cycle to all the various pubs and restaurants on offer. You can discover our stunning scenery, learn a bit about our fascinating heritage and make new friends along the way. What are you waiting for?”
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