The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival is being held on September 3 and 4, as it opens up the Norfolk Food Festival at Holkam Hall. Organizers are hoping that the chance to find the area’s best produce will again draw people to the event.
This is the event’s second year and will be even bigger than the one previous when thousands came and packed the courtyard. Teddy Maufe wears three hats at the festival – real ale producer, local farmer and festival chairman and he says they hope to take last year’s success and build on that with even more producers locally. The hope is 50% more this year than last but with the emphasis on being producers from north Norfolk.
Besides having around 50 stalls in the producers market which will be loaded with samples for everyone to try before they purchase, the cookery theatre, which is very popular returns with demonstrations rolling throughout the grounds from chefs and local producers including the return of Chris Coubrough and Arthur Howell the butcher.
New attractions for the year include the Local Food Champion Challenge with a grand final Sunday 4 September. Over the last few months chefs from the area of Norfolk have been battling it out in cook offs at the farmer’s Market of Creake Abbey. On Saturday the four semi-finalists face off by using market ingredients to try and reach the final.
On September 10 and 11 the Norwich City Centre Weekend will kick off uniting some of the Norfolk Food Festival’s popular events and introducing an array of new activities to enjoy. The Norwich food fair will start on Saturday and showcases the top producers in Norfolk from Castle Gardens.
From there fair goers can go to the Battle of the Bangers the popular event outside the Forum were butchers from the area try to win the crowds over with their own sausage recipes. On Sunday visitors will be enticed to return for the Sunday Brunch. Norwich restaurants, pubs and cafes are being encouraged by organizers to offer promotions allowing families to find out what is on offer for fantastic food.
West and Brecks Weekend is Friday 16 September to Sunday 18 September and is the inaugural event for that area. Strattons Hotel’s Vanessa Scott has organized the events for the Brecks Food & Drink Festival which will highlight the areas food, farming and beauty.
She said it was long over due and needed in order to help organizations and businesses from the district. Decorations are already being made by the members of Swaffhams’s WI. There will be a pop-up restaurant, a Sunday’s farmers market and a celebration of Swaefas Swale Community Orchard.