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Five reasons to celebrate the season at Norfolk HarFest in Norwich Cathedral Close

PUBLISHED: 07:46 07 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:39 07 October 2017

HarFest 2016. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

HarFest 2016. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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The Norfolk HarFest is one-day autumn fair being held in the spectacular, historic setting of Norwich Cathedral Close today to celebrate the county’s food and farming produce. Here are five good reasons to visit:

HarFest 2016. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY HarFest 2016. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

1: FARM LIVESTOCK IN THE CITY

It’s a rare chance to see farm animals in the city centre including Jelly the Jersey cow and her calf, along with sheep, geese, piglets, kid goats and miniature donkeys, with farmers on hand to answer questions as well as experts from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Also, look out for displays of the latest farm machinery from Norwich-based supplier Ben Burgess.

2: THE BEST OF THE REGION’S FOOD & DRINK

The Cathedral Cloisters will be transformed into a farmers’ market where you can try food and drink from more than 30 artisan producers, selling locally-made delicacies ranging from cheese and chutney to gin and vodka. Exhibitors include: Archangel Distilleries, Artisan Pastry Chef, Bakeshack, Bullards beer and gin, Candi’s Chutney, Crush Foods, De Feyter Agri, Essence Foods, Ethnic Fusion, Ferndale Cheeses, Fielding Cottage Goat’s Cheese, Green Pastures, Kind Food, Nelson and Norfolk Tea, Norfolk Cider Company, Norfolk Food and Drink, Norfolk Heatwave, Norfolk Sloe Company, Puff and Bean, Riverford Organic farms, St Giles Gin, Season’s Bounty, So Sweet, Wildcraft Brewery, and Wild Knight English Vodka.

HarFest 2016. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY HarFest 2016. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

3: HARVEST SCARECROWS

Competition entries for the The Great Norfolk Scarecrow Competition will be on show during the day, inspired by the fruits of the harvest and Norfolk’s wide-ranging colourful and interesting produce. The top three winning scarecrows will be displayed in the cathedral for the Harvest Service on Sunday.

4: ENTERTAINMENT

The HarFest Performance Stage will feature a full programme of dance and music acts throughout the day, while there will also be pumpkin carving, face painting, and children’s activities provided by Doodles and Easton and Otley College.

HarFest 2016. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY HarFest 2016. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

5: IT’S FREE TO ATTEND

With no entry fee and a landmark location in the heart of the city, organisers at the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association – the team behind summer’s Royal Norfolk Show – expect a crowd of 5,000 people at the event.

READ MORE: Norfolk HarFest will bring the countryside into the city at Norwich Cathedral

• Norfolk HarFest will take place at Norwich Cathedral from 10am-4pm on Saturday. The traditional Harvest Thanksgiving service will be held at Norwich Cathedral the following day, at 3.30pm.

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