You do not need to travel far and wide to sample the culinary delights of wild boar this autumn.  The Wild Boar Week festival is taking place in Rye and is sure to satisfy your urge for this appetising meat.  Many restaurants will be offering wild boar and other medieval dishes to tempt you.  For instance, The Bell in Iden, is cooking up a succulent dish of wild boar rillettes, spiced with ginger, cardamom, coriander, and cinnamon, or you could try the delicious wild boar and apple meatballs on offer.  Naturally, a pint is needed to accompany such delicacies and Sussex’s Huckle My Buff (a porter and brandy concoction served warm) fits the bill nicely.  If a rather large feast is more your style then do book up for The Medieval Banquet at The George in Rye, where local and seasonal produce will be the order of the day.

There will be plenty of events taking place including Mike’s Boar Woodland Tour, which takes you on a walk around private woodland to look at the habits of these secretive animals. It is unusual to spot a wild boar, but seeking evidence of their habits is often fascinating. The mud baths which the boars adore can be encountered, along with holes dug by boars and the tracks they frequent.  You may not come across a wild boar, but they will surely be watching you! 

Of course there is an activity for children to enjoy too, such as the Wild Boar Hog Hunt – do not worry, it is more about looking for wild boar paper cut-outs, which will be displayed in shop windows around Rye, than real wild boars.  For participants who find 20 wild boars, there will be a scrummy chocolate prize awaiting them at the Rye Tourist Information Centre. 

For more details of the above events and many others,  please visit  www.wildboar.org.uk

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