Gin and orange sausages, spicy chicken wings and sunshine - this year’s Norwich Food and Drink festival had it all

The Norwich Food Festival
Emma Payne and Kate Sloper
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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The Norwich Food Festival Emma Payne and Kate Sloper Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

From gin and orange sausages to some of the spiciest chicken wings in Norfolk - this year's Norwich Food and Drink Festival had it all.

A spicy wings eating competition is held during the food festival.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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A spicy wings eating competition is held during the food festival. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The annual event, which is now in its 14th year, saw more than 7,000 people sample some of the finest local produce on offer over the weekend.

And organisers said that this year's festival was its biggest yet, with 45 stalls and seven street food vendors lined up outside the Forum and City Hall on Sunday.

As well as having the chance to taste a variety of delicious food and drink, people could watch cookery demonstrations and take part in competitions.

One of the biggest attractions of the day was a hot wings challenge, organised by Woolf and Bird. Twelve competitors had to endure six rounds of increasingly-spicy chicken wings, with the winners being presented with a T-shirt and bar tab.

The Norwich Food Festival
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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The Norwich Food Festival Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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The Battle of the Bangers also proved to be popular with visitors. It saw eight of Norfolk's top butchers hand out free samples of their sausages to people, who then had to vote for a winner.

Other entertainment during the day included cookery demonstrations from various local chefs, as well as Great British Bake Off 2016 contestant Kate Barmby.

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There was also live music and a pop-up festival bar outside the Forum by Southwold-based brewery Adnams.

Anna Stevenson, event co-ordinator, said: 'We have been thrilled to bits with the public response and everyone who has taken part.

The Norwich Food Festival
Debbie Baxter from Ethnic Fusion
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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The Norwich Food Festival Debbie Baxter from Ethnic Fusion Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

'It's been amazing and has brought a real sense of festival into the city centre.'

She said the event had been the biggest 'by a country-mile' and was this year organised to take place on Father's Day.

To help celebrate the occasion, children had the chance to throw wet sponges at their dads with a 'splat the dad' stall.

Mrs Stevenson said the festival will now take place on every Father's Day in the future.

The Norwich Food Festival
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

The Norwich Food Festival Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

One of this year's visitors, Olivia Bucher, 25, from Norwich, said event was a perfect way to end the weekend.

She added: 'There's so much variety here, and it has been lovely to sit in the sunshine with a drink and a bite to eat. I'm looking forward to it coming back next year.'

The winner of the battle of the bangers competition was White House Farm.

This year's festival supported the Norwich-based Hamlet charity.

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