Great Yarmouth Feastival promises banquet of events for food-lovers

Launch of the Great Yarmouth Feastival. Left to right, Donna Ioannou from I Just Wanna Candy, counci

Launch of the Great Yarmouth Feastival. Left to right, Donna Ioannou from I Just Wanna Candy, councillor Barry Coleman, David Wiles from GYBC, councillor Marlene Fairhead, town centre manager Jonathan Newman and Maxine Taylor from the Louise Hamilton Centre. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

A delectable feast of food and drink to whet the appetite and tickle the taste buds is taking over Great Yarmouth this month.

Feastival, which has seen major food and drink events united as one, will see food become the focus for Great Yarmouth.

Co-ordinated by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Feastival will consist of the Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival, the Moveable Feast and the Great Yarmouth Food Festival, which all take place in the space of just over a week.

Barry Coleman, chairman of the borough council's economic development committee, said: 'Feastival incorporates three popular, yet distinct foodie events which complement one another, bringing more people into the town centre and borough in advance of the summer season.

'It's also a fantastic opportunity for local food producers, traders and restaurateurs to showcase their mouth-watering wares.'

The first event will see more than 50 beers and ciders whetting whistles at St George's Theatre from May 18 until May 21.

Joint organiser Jonathan Newman said: 'This year the festival will have a really strong focus on local breweries, with over 30 of the beers being featured coming from Norfolk and Suffolk.

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'It is great to be involved in a large celebration of food and drink in the town.'

The following week, on May 23, Moveable Feast Great Yarmouth will take food-lovers on a mystery tour of restaurants in the town, in aid of Palliative Care East - the charity behind the Louise Hamilton Centre.

With less than 30 tickets remaining, foodies will have to be quick to get a taste of the action.

Finally, on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, the market place will become a hot bed of culinary delights, as the fourth annual Great Yarmouth Food Festival finishes the event in style.

This will see a variety of stalls, catering demonstrations and an Italian market, as well as a feast of other food-based attractions.

As part of Feastival, Sara's Tearoom, on South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth, will also hold an afternoon tea in aid of the Louise Hamilton Centre on May 20 and 21, from 1pm to 4pm. The cost is £8 per person.

The council has appealed to local food producers, restaurateurs and traders to get involved in the event, who can do so by contacting Laura Goodman on 01493 846125.

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