Empty Harleston shop to become recipe showcase

An empty shop unit at a south Norfolk town is set to be transformed into a food tasting and demonstration kitchen next week as part of a scheme to boost trade.

Residents in Harleston are set to have their taste buds tickled by a showcase of recipes to promote the food and drink from the Waveney Valley.

The redundant shop in Bullock Fair Close will be turned into the 'Creative Kitchen' from Monday as part of the town's Local Heroes project.

The prominent space will play host to a programme of cookery demonstrations, lectures, food workshops, and wine and beer tastings over the two week initiative, which will run until Friday November 26.

The Creative Kitchen comes after Harleston was awarded �27,000 from the Waveney Valley Local Action Group and �9,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to boost local enterprise and to increase people's knowledge and passion for the town.

Robert Oberhoffer, from the Dove Restaurant at Alburgh, near Harleston, will be leading daily cookery demonstrations at the shop.

'The Creative Kitchen will highlight the Waveney Valley's rich diversity of locally farmed and produced food and drink. I look forward to cooking for audiences of all ages and lifestyles,' he said.

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Other demonstrations will come from Paul Yaxley at the Fox and Goose pub at Fressingfield, Browne's butchers, the Tudor Bakehouse, and the Perfect Wine Company.

Sally Williams, programme manager, said she was 'delighted' that so many local businesses were taking part.

'A full programme of events will be displayed in the window of the kitchen in 7 Bullock Fair Close, and we hope that people will just drop in when they see something that takes their fancy.'

'Our recipes will show people how to use cheaper cuts of meat to create nutritious meals, we will also be showing people how to cook from scratch without spending hours in the kitchen. Most importantly we will help people to discover their food heritage, what is grown locally and what is in season,' she said.

Margot Harbour, clerk for Harleston Town Council, added: 'It is also really good to see local businesses and organisations showing such enthusiasm for the kitchen and using the opportunity to share their passion for local produce with others.'