Holkham food and drink fest goes down a treat with crowds
- Credit: Keely Gray
Thousands of people indulged in tasty treats at the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.
From award winning coffee to locally-sourced samphire and home brewed beers, there was an array of different stalls at Holkham Hall.
Even the rain could not dampen the spirits of hungry visitors spending their weekend at the biggest event in Norfolk's food calendar.
Set in the elegant setting of the Holkham Estate's gardens by kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Leicester.
Organisers promised that the festival would be bigger and better than ever - marking the seventh anniversary of the annual event.
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The Norfolk Sloe Company, Chillis Galore, Grey Seal Coffee, Whin Hill Cider, Bray's Cottage Pork Pies and Arthur Howell were just some of the local businesses sharing their produce.
The gardens were over-spilling with colour as stalls offered fresh fruits and vegetables. This also included fresh meat, honey, ice cream, cheese, juices, cakes, puddings, tarts and much more, all grown, reared, caught, produced or sold in North Norfolk.
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There were 55 stallholders taking part in the two-day celebration, which attracted more than 10,000 visitors last year.
Arthur Howell offered his famous hog roast in the food court and was joined by Duck Truck with fragrant pancakes, Fruit Pig Company with sausages in buns and Jo C's brewery with fine artisan beer.
Chris Coubrough, Norfolk Food and Drink patron, owner of The Ship Hotel in Brancaster and The Crown Hotel in Wells and Norfolk's 'Flying Kiwi', is chairman of the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival and a passionate supporter of the local food and drink industry.
'The enthusiasm and passion for the festival just keeps growing – every year we can't believe that it could get better than the year before, but every year it does,' he said.
The festival committee will be continuing with its charitable angle and will be working with EACH specifically to raise funds for The Nook appeal which aims to raise £10m to transform children's palliative care across the county, and includes building a new hospice near Norwich.