Food and drink take centre stage at festival in Diss

John and Kelly Iverson with Jess Wythe at the Diss & Harleston Food & Drink Festival. Picture: ARCHA

John and Kelly Iverson with Jess Wythe at the Diss & Harleston Food & Drink Festival. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Smoothies were made with pedal power, gourmet sausages took shape on plates, sugar was crafted into delicious treats and apples were pressed into cider.

The final weekend of the Diss and Harleston Food and Drink Festival saw hundreds of people enjoying scrumptious fare from across the region, with many taking part in demonstrations, workshops and food and drink-related activities.

Jess Whyte, deputy director of the Diss Corn Hall, said the festival was an excellent opportunity to taste something new and exciting, and also to showcase the town's secluded spaces such as Cobbs Yard and Norfolk House Courtyard.

She said: 'The idea behind the festival was to bring more footfall into the town, and into the yards.

'It's really nice to have this kind of event in these brilliant spaces that are here.'


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Ms Whyte said smoothie bikes, which people could pedal to mix their own fruity drinks, were just one of the festival's many highlights.

Workshops gave people the chance to try making everything from mackerel pate, to sugar-craft, to gin and truffles.

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The Market Place hosted a traditional market on Friday and a farmers' market on Saturday.

David Case, a co-founder of the Diss Corn Hall Trust, said the markets were a tremendous success.

He said: 'It was brilliant. The place was heaving.'

John and Kelly Iverson, from the Norwich-based 'pop-up' stall the Sausage Club, said they were impressed by the festival.

Mr Iverson said: 'It's the first time we've been here and it's been fantastic. There have been all different ages here enjoying it.'

The festival concluded with Sunday brunch at the Boilerhouse.

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