Time to go wild for Boar Week food festival

Wild Boar poster
Wild Boar poster

FROM uniquely created wild boar dishes to limited edition pottery boars - Rye is all set to celebrate it’s elusive woodland neighbours.

Wild Boar Week has as its heart a food festival designed to showcase the high quality of local produce and the local restaurants, pubs and shops that serve it.

But this year the festival has been enhanced to include a fun shop window boar-hunt for children and even a guided tour of woodland where wild boar have established a thriving population.

Rye Pottery has even created a limited edition boar version of its famous pottery pig with each one made having unique hand-painted tusks.

There is also a wide selection of live music taking place in the town to widen the appeal of the festival.

Wild Boar Week organiser Oliver Campion said: “Wild Boar Week starts on Saturday and will see more than twenty restaurants in and around the town of Rye showcasing wild boar and other medieval dishes on their menus.

“This year restaurants are using local Old Dairy Brewery’s ale and Biddenden Vineyard’s cider in their recipes.

“ Venues are also putting on smaller dishes for a Wild Boar Food Safari which is intended to be a tapas style tasting adventure.”

“And it’s not just boar; as always, restaurants are encouraged to put on medieval style dishes and this year there are even vegetarian options.”

The Mermaid Inn have a carpaccio of wild boar fillet, cured in house, with pears poached in Biddenden Cider as one of their starters. There is a cooking demonstration on Sunday November 3 where head chef Kyle Tatner will be cooking two of their wild boar dishes and answering questions.

The Beach Bistro at the Gallivant Hotel in Camber will be serving Wild Boar Sausage Roll with Biddenden Cider as part of the Food Safari.

The artwork for Wild Boar Week was designed this year by local artist, Matt Hardman. Matt is a member of the Rye Society of Artists and has exhibited work throughout the UK. A limited edition, A3 signed print is available for Wild Boar Week for £10 (£35 framed) from The Apothecary Coffee House in East Street or The Mint Arcade in The Mint.

Full details of the festival can be found on the website website wildboar.org.uk.