Food, glorious food, at Sandringham festival

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Sandringham Food and Drink Festival ANL-160708-210630009

Foodies tantalised their taste buds to their hearts content at the second Sandringham Food and Drink Festival at the weekend.

More than 15,000 people attended the two-day festival to sample the culinary delights on offer and watch demonstrations from a line-up of top celebrity chefs.

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Sandringham Food and Drink Festival ANL-160708-210747009

Among the celebrity chefs were: Theo Randall, Daniel Clifford, John Torode, from BBC 1’s Masterchef, Lisa Faulkner, Jimmy Buchan and Holly Bell, held together by the inimitable presenter Mark Lloyd.

It was a food lovers’ paradise and show organiser Mark Hulme said: “We would have liked a few more numbers, but it was still good considering it was the start of the Olympics and the football season.

“We were also relieved to be blessed with good weather because a lot of our shows have been very wet this year.

“The event as a whole was excellent and the chefs, particularly on the Sunday, went down very very well with everyone who attended.”

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Sandringham Food and Drink Festival ANL-160708-210608009

The huge crowds were able to browse the enormous food tents, offering a huge selection of different foods, drink and cookery gadgets.

In the smaller Food Roadshow marqee, the Crabstock Boys weaved their tales of the sea, and showed food enthusiasts how to cook what you catch.

Linda Hewett demonstrated the art of bread making while Naomi Hansell was back with some top tips from Na’s Kitchen.

A variety of local ales were on offer to sample at the real ale tent and there was a wine-tasting class with Brothers’ Wines.

Saxophonix, The Bill Bailey Band and James Cussens provided live music, while there were a number of children’s amusements and absorbing make and take craft workshops.

Moment In Time living history enactors demonstrated cookery before the times of microwaves and woks and the Bushtucker Challenge was also back.

The challenge was the one part of the weekend where the food on offer wasn’t exactly appetising.

To add to the enjoyment, there were a number of glassblowing demonstrations and chainsaw carving throughout the day, with speed carves twice daily.

The festival was a real feather in West Norfolk’s culinary cap.