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Family-friendly food event aims to raise thousands for Norfolk children’s charity

PUBLISHED: 18:07 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:56 24 January 2018

A cheque of more than £10,000 was handed to charity Nelson's Journey following Porkstock 2017. Picture: Courtesy Plain Speaking Agency

A cheque of more than £10,000 was handed to charity Nelson's Journey following Porkstock 2017. Picture: Courtesy Plain Speaking Agency

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One of the county’s favourite family food events will return this year with the aim of raising even more money for charity.

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Visitors enjoying the event.
Picture: Nick ButcherThounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Visitors enjoying the event. Picture: Nick Butcher

Organisers of Porkstock, the award-winning festival which celebrates everything that is fantastic about local food and drink, announced that the event will take place at the Norfolk Showground on Saturday, October 13.

Having originally been started 15 years ago by a group of beer and barbeque-loving friends, this is the fifth year that Porkstock has been a public event.

Run by a team of hard-working volunteers, all profits go to a local charity and for the third year in a row, Nelson’s Journey, which supports bereaved children in Norfolk, will be the beneficiary.

James Ellis, one of the original Porkstock founders, said: “Thanks to the incredible hard work of our organising committee, our generous sponsors and amazing team of volunteers, Porkstock 2017 raised more than £10,000 for Nelson’s Journey and provided thousands of people with a fabulous, day out.

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Visitors enjoying the event.
Picture: Nick ButcherThounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Visitors enjoying the event. Picture: Nick Butcher

“Our aim is for 2018 to be even better; with even more local food producers, street food vendors and chefs showcasing their amazing work.”

The event consists of two, very different, faces.

During the day Porkstock is a free family festival for food, music and fun-lovers of all ages.

Daytime visitors will be able to enjoy a fantastic selection of street food stalls, a real ale and Prosecco bar, lots of live music, a sausage eating contest, kids’ games and activities and lots of family fun.

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Jolian Harrison and Diego Guerra enjoy a hot dog.
Picture: Nick ButcherThounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Jolian Harrison and Diego Guerra enjoy a hot dog. Picture: Nick Butcher

As the sun goes down the Porkstock Party comes alive for an over-18s, ticketed event where music takes over from food as the main attraction.

Organisers have also announced that Porkstock patron Charlie Hodson recently stepped down.

Co-founder Ben Handford said: “Charlie has run the Porkstock Cookery Demo stage for the past four years and the festival would most definitely not have become what is today without him.”

He said while 2017 had been their best event yet, with the continued support of our volunteers and sponsors, they were confident of injecting “even more family, foodie fun into the event and raise lots more money for Nelson’s Journey”.

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Kate Barmby demonstrates her cookery skills.
Picture: Nick ButcherThounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Kate Barmby demonstrates her cookery skills. Picture: Nick Butcher

For more information visit www.porkstock.co.uk

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