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Volunteers needed for Norwich’s moveable feast

09:16 25 August 2015

East Twenty Six bar and restaurant, Exchange Street, Norwich. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Twenty Six bar and restaurant, Exchange Street, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

Hundreds of diners, nearly two dozen of Norwich’s finest independent restaurants and thousands of pounds raised for a worthy cause: tickets for Lloyd Addison’s Moveable Feast may have sold out already, but you can still be part of the mystery tour for taste buds.

A thousand people attended the launch of this year's Moveable Feast at the Forum, and moved on to restaurants around the city, such as the Assembly House. Photo: Bill SmithA thousand people attended the launch of this year's Moveable Feast at the Forum, and moved on to restaurants around the city, such as the Assembly House. Photo: Bill Smith

Organisers of the annual event that sees a village-sized community of food lovers take to the streets to enjoy a three-course dinner with a difference are now looking for volunteers to help the night run smoothly and raffle prizes to aid fundraising efforts.

Nick De’Ath, owner of the Unthank Arms in Norwich, explained on behalf of the organisation committee: “The event is organised by a team of volunteers to raise money for the charity so we are obviously
thrilled to have sold as many tickets again for our 2015 event and very much hope to beat our fundraising record.”

The Moveable Feast, sponsored by Cozens-Hardy LLP, celebrates some of the best food offered in Norwich and sees an army of diners wandering from restaurant to restaurant enjoying one of three courses
at three separate dining establishments.

Diners are greeted with a welcome drink provided by festival sponsor Adnams at The Forum before 
being given their ‘menu’ for the evening, a list of the three restaurants they will be visiting throughout the night.

Venues taking part include The Assembly House, The Iron House, The Maddermarket Kitchens, Lam Thai, The Wine Cellar, The Dining Rooms, Bedford’s, The Library, Roots, Prime, Spice Lounge, St Giles’ House, The Maids Head, East 26, The Georgian Town House and The Lawyer.

Last year’s winner, Brasted’s, will return with a pop-up restaurant in the grandiose surroundings of the Roman Catholic Cathedral, with two other pop-up restaurants at The Norfolk Club, run by Danny Smith and at The Great Hospital, run by Norwich City College.

Raising funds for Parkinson’s research

All funds raised on the night go directly to help find a cure for Parkinson’s and help those living with the condition. The money raised for the charity has increased hugely in recent years, from £2,500 in 2008 to last year’s record-breaking figure.

Former Norfolk councillor and Norwich restaurateur Lloyd Addison, pictured below, founded the feast in 1999.

Seven years after his death from Parkinson’s, which he lived with for 20 years, his widow Cynthia remains an integral part of the feast’s organising committee.

“We are delighted to have
sold out so far in advance of the event and I believe this is a fitting tribute to Lloyd,” she said.

Michelle Henderson, regional fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK, stressed how vital volunteers were to the success of the evening – their duties involve welcoming guests, selling raffle tickets and overseeing the progress of the evening.

She explained that volunteers would be briefed before the event on September 22 and would need to be available from 6.30pm to 10pm on the night.

If you would like to volunteer to help on the evening, or can donate a prize for the raffle, contact
Michelle Henderson from Parkinson’s UK on 0344 2253730 or email mhenderson@parkinsons.org.uk

The Good Time Eat

There are still a handful of tickets left for the fabulous Feast with the Feed banquet where diners will be treated to a five-course dinner, an auction of promises and a few secret surprises which will be revealed on the night.

The Good Time Eats event, at the Bishopgate venue on September 8 at 7pm will raise funds for The Feed, a charity which empowers people who face homelessness, supporting them towards employment by providing training and work experience.

Tickets cost £55 each. For more information, visit www.the-feed.co.uk, email info@thefeed.org.uk or call 01603 627841

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