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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
It’s a culinary adventure that sees a village-sized community of food lovers take to the streets of Norwich to enjoy a three-course dinner with a difference.
As far as I’m concerned, a Moveable Feast generally involves finding a packet of sweets I’ve forgotten about lurking in the car – this, however, is a high-end gourmet Moveable Feast available just once a year in Norwich.
Starting with drinks in the Forum, I joined the other 700 diners on our pre-determined routes around the city, taking in three of the 15 participating restaurants.
My first port of call was Blackfriars’ Hall, where students from the Hotel School had created their own pop-up restaurant serving either smoked duck and foie gras terrine with celeriac remoulade and brioche croutons or goats’ cheese textures with beetroot jelly and pine nut crumble as starters.
As a vegetarian, I chose the latter, a superior version of a dish that I have become quite a connosieur of (vegetarians are often served beetroot and goats’ cheese: it’s the new risotto). Beautifully-presented, a cylinder of cheese was coated with pine nuts and served with sliced beetroot. City College’s bread was also the best of the night.
We then walked to Dragon Hall where Brasted’s had set up its operation in the spectacular main hall.
Choices for our main course were pan-fried supreme of sea bass with peppernata confit, courgette tagliatelle, sauce buerre blanc and creamed potatoes or marinated fillet of Norfolk beef with wild rocket, parmesan linguine, stilton butter, roasted garlic and shallots or ricotta, pine nut and sultana-stuffed courgette flowers with elderflower jelly and aged balsamic.
The latter was delicious –
delicate, flavoursome and
thoughtful. We vegetarians appreciate a bit of thought.
Last on the list was The Maid’s Head Hotel where caramelised banana mascarpone trifle with biscotti or chocolate bread and butter pudding with blackberry sorbet were on offer.
By definition, it’s impossible for me to review every restaurant taking part in the feast (for a start I’d have had to walk a marathon and eat 15 meals) but other diners raved about their routes and the food served to them.
Great food, great company, a bit of theatre and a lot of excitement made this a truly memorable night of fabulous feasting.
Lloyd Addison’s Moveable Feast on September 17 is a highlight of the EDP Adnams Norfolk Food and Drink Festival which will be launched at the Assembly House on August 29 and runs from August 31 to October 6.
The feast 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.
Moveable feasters could find themselves enjoying a starter cooked by accomplished students from Norwich City College’s Hotel School at Blackfriars’ Hall, a main course in the historic setting of Dragon Hall cooked by chefs from Brasted’s and a dessert from The Maddermarket Kitchens – with 15 participating restaurants, the possible combinations are almost limitless.
Diners are greeted with a welcome drink at The Forum before being given their ‘menu’ for the evening, a list of the three restaurants they will be visiting throughout the night.
Hardworking chefs then prepare starters for their first set of customers before a swift turnaround for the next set of main-course diners and finally serve dessert at the end of the night.
Other restaurants taking part in the Moveable Feast include Bam Bam, Lam Thai, The Iron House, The Wine Cellar, The Dining Rooms at Cinema City, Farmer Browns, Figaro, Pinocchios, St Benedict’s Restaurant, The Library, The Assembly House, Bedfords and Talc on Timberhill.
Hundreds of tickets have already sold for the event which is from 6pm to 11pm and costs £34 per person, including a pre-dinner glass of wine, but there is still an opportunity to grab your chance of an unforgettable multi-restaurant experience.
Last year, Lloyd Addison’s Moveable Feast raised a staggering £11,000 for Parkinson’s UK, £2,500 more than its previous record, with all funds going directly to help find a cure for the disease 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 Mr Addison founded the feast in 1999 to help raise the profile of the city’s independent restaurants and raise money for a very worthy cause.
Five years after his death from the illness, which he lived with for 20 years, the event continues to go from strength-to-strength with 800 tickets available this year for a dining experience with a difference.
Last year’s fundraising total was given a big boost thanks to the generosity of a host of local businesses, including sponsor Cozens-Hardy Solicitors, which helped organisers to keep their costs down.
Philippa Rudd, partner at Cozens-Hardy, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Moveable Feast for a third time. Each year the even has broken its own record for the amount of money raised for Parkinson’s UK and we hope that 2013 sets a new standard.
“As a legal firm, we have worked with many generations of Norfolk-based farming families and this is a terrific way to celebrate what’s on our doorstep – as well as the fact that Norfolk is now unquestionable one of the UK’s leading gastronomic destinations.”
To buy tickets for Lloyd
Addison’s Moveable Feast, contact Cynthia Addison on 01603 617269 or email email@example.com. Visit www.moveablefeastenorwich.org for more details.