People enjoy tasty food, exotic costumes and energetic dancing as part of Punjab Festival

Locals watched a healthy Punjabi cooking demonstration and then took part in a Bollywood dance class

Locals watched a healthy Punjabi cooking demonstration and then took part in a Bollywood dance class at the Methodist church in Thetford as part of the festival of Norfolk & Punjab. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Families had a taste from the east as the county's Punjab festival took over Thetford Methodist Church.

The Methodist church in Thetford played host to a Punjabi cooking demonstration and a Bollywood danc

The Methodist church in Thetford played host to a Punjabi cooking demonstration and a Bollywood dance class as part of the festival of Norfolk & Punjab. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

The Festival of Norfolk and Punjab was in full swing as members of the local community had their senses tingled by exotic spices and colourful costumes.

They enjoyed demonstrations on how to cook healthy Punjabi food followed by a Bollywood and Bhangra dance workshop.

The festival of Norfolk & Punjab saw locals learn how to cook healthy Punjabi food and some Bollywoo

The festival of Norfolk & Punjab saw locals learn how to cook healthy Punjabi food and some Bollywood dance moves. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Led by the Essex Cultural Diversity Project, the festival is in homage to Thetford's connection with the Duleep Singh family, celebrating their lives and contribution to Norfolk.

Indi Sandhu, creative director of the festival, said: "Today we have had a cooking demonstration of Punjabi cuisine which is where the Maharaja originally came from and this is the food he would have been very used to. It's the Punjabi culture, Punjabi tradition and Punjabi cuisine and we are trying to revive that."

Learning how to dance like a Bollywood star, a youngster at the festival of Norfolk & Punjab. Pictur

Learning how to dance like a Bollywood star, a youngster at the festival of Norfolk & Punjab. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant


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Safina Karmin, who led the Punjabi cooking demonstration, said: "Our region and this area has so much to offer to bring diversity together and the history is there. It's important we continue to strengthen our connection to the Duleep Singh family."

Aya Cuisine gave a demonstration of how to cook healthy Punjabi cooking as part of the festival of N

Aya Cuisine gave a demonstration of how to cook healthy Punjabi cooking as part of the festival of Norfolk & Punjab. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Aya Cuisine gave a demonstration of healthy Punjabi cookery to locals as part of the festival of Nor

Aya Cuisine gave a demonstration of healthy Punjabi cookery to locals as part of the festival of Norfolk & Punjab at the towns Methodist church. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Reporter Emily Thomson samples the curry and rice at the festival of Norfolk & Punjab. Picture: Neil

Reporter Emily Thomson samples the curry and rice at the festival of Norfolk & Punjab. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

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