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Foodies indulge in Norfolk's best food and drink at leading festival

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 June 2018 | UPDATED: 20:01 17 June 2018

Claire Hudson from Tavern Tasty Meats serving up sausages for the Battle of the Bangers competition at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival. 
Picture: Nick Butcher

Claire Hudson from Tavern Tasty Meats serving up sausages for the Battle of the Bangers competition at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Foodies of Norfolk visited a popular city festival to try out some of the best food and drink the region has to offer.

Norwich Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Kieron Tovell.Norwich Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Kieron Tovell.

The annual Norwich Food and Drink Festival served up a fiesta of flavours for all to enjoy.

Sponsored by Norwich solicitors Cozens-Hardy, dozens of local producers visited The Forum, St Peter’s Street and Bethel Street.

Sarah de Chair, chairman of Norfolk Food and Drink, said: “The festival is getting bigger and bigger and I think it’s important that it’s in the centre of Norwich because we can introduce the public to our Norfolk producers.

“I think this year we had more people attend than last year’s festival which is great. I think it helped as people do like to go out on Sundays and it’s something different to do on Father’s Day.”

Battle of the Bangers competition at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival. 
Picture: Nick ButcherBattle of the Bangers competition at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

The one-day festival was the final year of the ever popular Battle of the Bangers - an event where 10 of the county’s best butchers battle it out to be crowned winner of the judges’ and public votes by tempting visitors, where they could taste a selection of mouth-watering sausages.

More than 40 local food and drink producers served up some of their finest delights to tantalise the taste buds of visitors.

Among those were producers who are yearly attendees and also first timers, like WhataHoot.

Jason Crown, director of WhataHoot, launched his new hand-distilled Norfolk gin at the festival.

The team from WhataHoot, which launched a brand new gin for Norfolk at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Kieron Tovell.
The team from WhataHoot, which launched a brand new gin for Norfolk at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Kieron Tovell.

He said: “It’s great to be launching our product today because we’re getting really good feedback. It’s been amazing to be at the festival and we hope to come back next year.”

The festival also saw a street food market which offered a range of delicious hot and cold, sweet and savoury dishes to suit all.

Anna Farquharson, partner at Cozens-Hardy solicitors, said: “The Norwich Food and Drink Festival appeals to everybody and personally, I love the event.

“The organisers try to promote local businesses and the build up to the festival has been brilliant for Cozens-Hardy being sponsors of the event.

Battle of the Bangers competition at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival. 
Picture: Nick ButcherBattle of the Bangers competition at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher

“It gives an opportunity to get out in the community and it also allows us to meet people in an environment less formal than an office.”

The Battle of the Bangers event was sponsored by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management and run by the Red Cat Partnership, while the Producers’ Street Market was sponsored by Lovewell Blake.

Other sponsors and supporters include Creative Sponge, Norwich Print Solutions, The Forum, Orchard Toys, Ben Burgess, 101 Smart Messenger, violinist Alison Sparrow and band Headrush.

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