Hundreds flock to King’s Lynn’s Corn Exchange for Around the World in 80 Dishes

The aroma of culinary delights from across the globe filled a historic building in King's Lynn yesterday afternoon as an international food festival returned to west Norfolk.

Hundreds of people flocked to Around the World in 80 Dishes at the Corn Exchange to tickle their tastebuds on dishes from South America, Asia and beyond.

The popular event is now in its eighth year and saw local businesses, community groups and people take along a sample of their national dishes to share with others.

Among the 25 displays were members from the Filipino Association of West Norfolk dressed in traditional costume.

Emmanuel Cabales was part of the large group representing the Philippines at the event.

He said: 'We enjoy coming here because we like to share our culture and it's good for people to try something a bit different, ask questions and engage with us.'

Nearby there were colourful foods from Brazil, Portugal and Mexico on offer.

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Brazilian Adriana Beard, who has lived in west Norfolk for more than eight years, donned a Samba outfit at the annual event.

She said: 'Everybody is enjoying getting a taste of Brazil and it's nice for me to be representing my country while making some new friends.'

Meanwhile Leanne John, who works at West Norfolk Council, was delighted to represent Wales by making Welsh cakes.

Proudly sporting a Welsh rugby union jersey, she said: 'I moved to Norfolk earlier this year and thought it was important that someone was here to represent my country.

'I decided to make Welsh cake because they are pretty easy and everyone loves them.'

Across the hall were Jim and Karen Tripp, whose display of Australian tucker included nut and cheese balls and lammingtons.

Mr and Mrs Tripp hail from South Wootton, not Sydney, but the couple have spent extended holidays in Oz.

Mrs Tripp said: 'It's good for people to try different things and it's great we have events like this where people can try a little from a wide range of cultures.'

Marie Connell, one of the event organisers, said 800 people had flocked to the Corn Exchange for yesterday's event.

'Around the World in 80 Dishes is a fantastic way for people to experience different tastes they may not have come across before,' she said.

'Not only that but people from different cultures all come together and talk to others they perhaps wouldn't normally talk to.'

She added: 'We also had a few businesses here for the first time this year, which added a new dynamic to this event, and overall I am really happy with how it has gone.'

Competitions were also held during the day and residents had the chance to learn about waste and recycling initiatives.

Other attractions included the Blendavenda, a bicycle which makes smoothies when it is pedalled and a recipe wall.

The event was funded by the West Norfolk Partnership.

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