Flavours of the Brecks will fill festival tables
- Credit: Matthew Usher
The flavours of the Brecks will be enticing foodies from far and wide during the area's sixth food and drink festival.
Supported by Norfolk Food and Drink Ltd, the Brecks Food and Drink Festival is holding its flagship weekend on September 17 and 18 with events celebrating the landscape's ample bounty – from cheeses and chilled ales to game and garden-grown fruit and veg.
The festival's ethos revolves around reducing food miles and packaging, maintaining local food varieties, and recognising the contribution that food production can make to the countryside.
On September 17 the festival will be hosted by the Fire Pit Camp, a family-run campsite in Wendling near Dereham, in association with Slow Food Anglia. As a Slow Food Approved Member and Venue the campsite emphasises the use of local produce and celebrates Brecks food traditions.
The day will also see a super-charged Saturday Market in Swaffham, with around 1km of bunting made by Beechamwell WI to be strung around the square, and the annual Apple Day at the Green Britain Centre, with children's garden trails, an apple pie master class, and tours of the only wind turbine open to the public to climb (booking recommended).
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On Sunday the Iceni Partnership is running its successful international food festival at the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham. During the partnership's three-year collaboration with Norfolk Food and Drink, more than 20 nationalities have cooked and prepared food around the world to highlight Swaffham's diverse culinary background.
Other events throughout the month include a pop-up restaurant at Strattons Hotel on September 10 in aid of the Neuroblastoma Society, and a Brecks afternoon tea and fashion show by the Artichoke Girls at the Swaffham Assembly Rooms on September 28.
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Throughout September Greenbanks Hotel in Great Fransham will be featuring local ingredients on all its menus including cheeses, game, handmade sausages and Brecks beers. Meanwhile Swaffham Art Group have a month-long exhibition at the Swaffham Community Centre Art Gallery celebrating local produce.
The food and drink festival began in 2011, spearheaded by a community partnership including Swaffham Tourism Association, the Brecks Partnership, City & Country Farmers Markets, Swaffham Town Council, the Iceni Partnership, Swaffham Business Forum, Strattons Hotel and Breckland Council.