Foodies get ready for festival fun at Holkham

Scenes from the North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham Hall. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Scenes from the North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham Hall. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

A celebration of the best food and drink the county has to offer is returning to the coast this weekend.

The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival is coming to the scenic grounds of Holkham Hall once again.

This year will see stallholders and producers gather in the historic walled garden where visitors will be able to sample and buy the bounty of the nation's breadbasket.

There will also be a chance to learn more about local food and how to prepare it with tutorials from some of the experts.

The festival committee will be adding a charitable angle to its activities this year and is proud to announce that it will be working with East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) specifically to raise funds for The Nook appeal. EACH needs to raise £10m to make its vision of a new, perfectly located and equipped hospice a reality.

Last year the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival attracted over 12,000 visitors. This year it will welcome around 54 stall holders to this two day celebration and aims to attract a similar number of visitors as in 2014. The range of produce on sale will include real ales, fresh meat and poultry, local seafood, vegetables, local honey, cakes, fruit, ice cream, cheese, fresh juices, cakes, puddings and tarts and much more, all grown, reared, caught, produced and sold in North Norfolk.

Entry to the festival is free but a car park charge applies.

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Just outside the Walled Gardens a food court area will provide everyone attending the event with outstanding local food and drink for consumption on site.

Around eight concessions will take part including Wells-butcher Arthur Howell offering his famous hog roast, Fruit Pig Co with award winning sausages and Jo C's brewery with fine artisan beer.

Children's activities will include face painting, storytelling and traditional fun with more details to follow.

The ever popular Cookery Theatre in its trade-mark octagonal tent will see demonstrations from this year's wonderful line-up of chefs.

Sarah de Chair, of Norfolk Food and Drink Ltd which supports the festival, said: 'Our aim is to support food producers, retailers and event organisers in promoting and celebrating food and drink across the county.

'The North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival is always a wonderful showcase for exactly this.

'We very much look forward to seeing the event in the walled gardens at Holkham and we are sure it will be another hugely successful event for glorious north Norfolk.'

Festival gates open at 10am and close at 4pm. Holkham Hall is open on Sunday from 12 noon until 4pm (last entry). The Park is open both days from 10am to 5pm.