This year’s North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival kicks off with a two-day event at Holkham Hall this month which is expected to attract thousands of visitors.
The launch of the festival, which has become one of the region’s premier local produce events and is now in its fifth year, takes place in the Courtyard on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31.
This flagship “foodie” event marks the start of the county-wide festival which takes place throughout September and early October.
With an impressive 10,000 visitors last year the organisers have signed up more than 60 stall holders to gather for the two-day food and drink celebration.
The range of produce on sale will include real ales, fresh meat and poultry, North Norfolk seafood, vegetables, local honey and saffron, cakes, pies, puddings and tarts, fruit, ice cream, cheeses, fresh juices and much more.
Following its successful introduction in 2012, the festival will continue to offer a food-court area where people can sample the food and drink on site.
Children’s activities include face painting, cooking up “boggle food” with BeWilderwood on stage plus Holkham’s Woodland Play Area.
The hugely popular Cookery Theatre will host demonstrations, led as usual by Norfolk farmhouse food guru Mary Kemp.
For the fourth year running Kettle Foods, producer of KETTLE® Chips, is the headline sponsor of the festival and is again offering a business mentoring prize of £1,000 to one of the attending stall holders.
Dominic Lowe, Kettle Foods MD said: “The reason we enjoy the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival so much is that it exists to support businesses very similar to how Kettle Foods was 25 years ago: small, entrepreneurial, trying something really different but passionate about the quality of the food they make. As such the festival is a reminder of our roots and we are very proud to sponsor this event and recognise another up and coming business through our mentoring scheme.”
Gates will open at 10am and close at 5pm each day. Entry to the festival is free, but a car park charge of £2.50 applies (redeemable on purchases of £10 or more in the gift shop at Holkham Hall).