The Story of Saffron

Extract from Saffron Walden heritage development group press release

“Why is the town called Saffron Walden?” visitors often ask. This year there are going to be some answers to that question, plus a celebration of Walden’s fame as the centre for over three hundred years of the cultivation of the valuable saffron crocus.

The ‘Saffron Story’ is going to be told through multiple activities in the town, both visually, in print and digitally. The project will also include escorted walking tours and workshops with some schoolchildren. The programme, planned for both visitors and residents, is a project of the Saffron Walden Heritage Development Group, with funding supplied by a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The high point of the project will be ‘Saffron Day’ on Sunday, October 16 – a date for your diary – run together with Saffron Walden Town Council and centered on the Market Place, which will become a showcase both for saffron and its links with Saffron Walden. There will be events and family entertainment, including demonstrations of the use of saffron in Indian and Mediterranean cooking and as a traditional dye. A variety of products containing or linked to saffron will also be available.

It is hoped local retailers will also be involved in the promotion of saffron, either as an ingredient in food or drink or in connection with craft items.


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