High Weald

wild_boar_sausagesRye's Wild Boar week 27 Oct - 4 Nov is an opportunity to celebrate all things medieval - food, the town and the medieval landscape on its doorstep.

This week-long East Sussex festival will celebrate Wild Boar - the ancestors of the pigs that played an important part in creating the High Weald's special character. The droving of pigs from Downs into the High Weald by early settlers created our distinctive sunken routeways and many farmsteads, hamlets and villages have developed from the temporary woodland grazing areas or 'dens' where the pigs where fattened up on acorns.

Wild Boar Week offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in a range of culinary delights from the dark ages ... not just boar! Local restaurants will be showcasing an array of treats from pheasant to guinea fowl, ale to mead. This year there will also be Wild Boar events including live music, quiz nights, art exhibitions and more! More details including restaurants involved can be found at Wild Boar Week

Brede Farmer's Market is also taking part, holding markets on Fridays 26 October and 2 November and offering local smoked foods, fresh game, fresh fruit and veg, homemade delicious jams/chutneys. Fresh fish from Rye, fresh bread, free range eggs, spices, local lamb, apples and apple juice, fresh local milk and cream and other seasonal items.

Watch a video of the Routeways Story to find out more about the part that pigs played in creating the High Weald's special landscape.

Find out more about Brede Farmer's Market