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    The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival returns to celebrate all local produce, not purely local shellfish, for a fourth consecutive year from 8 – 11 October. The festival brings together an exciting programme of events over four days, created to get people enjoying the finest local culinary talent using the freshest local food.

    On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th the hugely popular Shuck Shack pop up restaurant is back at Woodbridge Tide Mill, catered by Bespoke Events. Stephen David and the team will be serving a tantalising taste of Suffolk at this unique venue on Thursday and Friday evenings as well as Friday lunchtime.

    On Saturday 10th, there is talk on the history of the River Deben at 2.30pm at The Tide Mill by Robert Simper. On this day the Shuck also shuffles inland to include Choose Woodbridge’s ‘What’s Tasty’ local food producers market on Market Hill. Visitors are welcomed by the producers and encouraged to try and buy the fresh local food. The stimulating backdrop of cooking demos by local chefs will have a focus on local shellfish and Simpers of Suffolk will be selling fresh oysters, mussels and crab alongside the range of land sourced produce including sweetcorn, bread, cakes, Tide Mill flour, and more.

    On Sunday 11th in the afternoon there is the aptly dubbed, Seafood Sunday, a relaxed community celebration with great food and live music hosted by the Tea Hut’s new owners Sharon & Brian Wolff. Quality local restaurateurs including The Crown, The Table, Bespoke Events and Tikka Tonic will cook up a flavour-filled range of meat and shellfish cooked in a variety of different styles including Italian, Asian, Spanish and BBQ. There will be cakes, ice cream and kids meals as well as fully stocked bars for the grown-ups. Local chefs will captivate the crowds and show off their knife skills in the Shuck Off: Oyster Shucking Competition during the afternoon.

    On Sunday evening there is a Safari Supper taking place in Woodbridge where diners move between restaurants having one delicious locally sourced course in each. The Crown, The Table and The Riverside are tempting diners with a sumptuous safari through Woodbridge’s Quay Street restaurants. Only a few spots remain so contact The Crown soon to secure a place at the table.

    Many other pubs and restaurants in and around Woodbridge are embracing the Shuck and supporting local produce by having their own Shuck Specials – themed events, specials and menus during the four day festival. This includes The East Coast Diner’s Surf and Turf Burger, Moules Frites at The Bull Hotel and a spectacular Seafood Platter at The Red Lion.

    For the latest news about stall holders, menus and events you can follow the festival on Twitter @ShuckFestival or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShuckFestival. For more information please visit www.thewoodbridgeshuck.org.uk

    The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is an official Fringe Event of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival.

    Jonathan Simper, Garth Wray, Stephen David, Roger Aston, Sharon and Brian Wolf - Shuck 2015 -5548-2

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    This week Woodbridge Tide Mill welcomed a group of five guests on an information exchange from Fulton Mill, a Dutch windmill in Fulton, Illinois. During their five day trip to visit a number of working mills in England, the volunteers spent three of those days in Woodbridge. As well as experiencing the best of the Mill and Woodbridge itself they were introduced to Sutton Hoo, Buttrums Mill and Saxtead Green Post Mill.

    ‘De Immigrant’, as the Dutch windmill is called, was built in May 2000. It mills many types of flour including buckwheat, cornmeal, wheat and rye.  The difference between wind power and tidal power means Fulton Mill does not mill all year like the Tide Mill and therefore has to build up reserves of flour and store it through the winter.

    The groups shared ideas and information on milling processes, flour storage, visitor attraction, events, fundraising and marketing.

    We’ve had a very interesting time with the ladies from Fulton Mill. It has certainly been a thoroughly useful and insightful exchange. There are many similarities between the two mills and we’ve been sharing ideas on fundraising and ways to increase footfall. The biggest revelation has been around freezing flour which, I’m reassured to add, took an artisan baker by surprise too.

    Chris Harrold, Chairman of Choose Woodbridge, added: “The team at the Tide Mill are inspirational in their dedication to protecting and promoting this beautiful piece of Woodbridge’s history. These visits with like-minded groups from other similar projects seem very fruitful – and to have interest all the way from the USA is a testament to the continued success of the Tide Mill.

    August Tide Mill Newsletter


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