A tasty helping of local produce at Great Yarmouth Food Festival, part of Norfolk Food and Drink Festival

Organisers of GY Food Festival at Yarmouth market place to launch the town's food festival in September. Organisers of GY Food Festival at Yarmouth market place to launch the town's food festival in September.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
12:31 PM

Fresh, seasonal, local produce looks set to shine when Great Yarmouth hosts its third annual food festival.

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Organisers of GY Food Festival at Yarmouth market place to launch the town's food festival in September.Organisers of GY Food Festival at Yarmouth market place to launch the town's food festival in September.

The festival of flavours will take place in the town centre over three days and, for the first time, take place during a flagship weekend of the county-wide Norfolk Festival of Food and Drink.

There will be stalls, demonstrations and tasters at Great Yarmouth Market Place from Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, with the festival aiming to give residents and visitors a taste of the quality produce on offer across the borough.

Chef Jake Weatherill, who runs the Florentina catering company, is among the professionals who has signed up to give a live demonstration.

“Yarmouth doesn’t have the best reputation but it has got some of teh best produce available in the whole of Norfolk,” said Jake.

Mark Dixon, head chef at the King’s Arms in Fleggburgh and winner of Norfolk Chef of the Year at last year’s Norfolk Food and Drink Awards, will also be giving a demonstration, as will Yarmouth chef Daniel Smith, of the Ingham Swan.

Organisers at Great Yarmouth Yarmouth Borough Council hope dishing up a culinary delight, with stalls in a street café style and free tastings provided by local food producers, restaurateurs and traders will attract food-lovers from around the region.

Richard Copland, owner of Copland Family Bakers in Gorleston High Street, will be taking part after his bread was snapped up last year.

He said: “We feel confident this year’s festival will be even more successful than last year.

“It gives traders the chance to showcase the more adventurous craft products you don’t usually see in the town.

“Last year was the first time we had tried a food festival and I was panicking about the van-full of specialist breads I had made – but we had sold out in just over two hours.

“This year’s flagship three-day event will be something special for everyone and hopefully we will gain as many new regular customers as last year’s event created.”

On the Friday and Saturday, shoppers will be able to buy seafood, meat, fruit, vegetables and other produce from the usual traders at the historic charter market, many of whom are planning something special. The normal Wednesday and Saturday market will also be running that week.

Officially launching the festival today, council leader Trevor Wainwright said: “This third helping of the Great Yarmouth Food Festival is being staged for the first time over three days because last year’s one-day event exceeded all expectations, with some stall-holders completely selling-out.

“The festival aims to help local food producers, restaurateurs and traders to showcase their mouth-watering wares, promote the permanent market, and make everyone aware that Great Yarmouth has so much more to offer food-wise than just chips and herrings.

“This year will be bigger and better. And people are encouraged to book a pitch as soon as possible as space is filling up fast.”

Pitches, which cost £135 for the three days, can be booked by calling Laura Goodman on 01493 846125, Duncan Mallett on 01493 846403, or Linda Curtis on 01493 846136.

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