Taste Norfolk’s best at Christmas farmers’ market

Some of the tastiest treats Norfolk has to offer will be showcased at a Christmas farmers' market on Saturday.

As well as hundreds of ingredients produced and made being on sale at Creake Abbey at North Creake, near Wells, some top local chefs will also be demonstrating how to get the best out of your festive fare.

The event will run from 9.30am to 1pm and more than 45 producers are booked to attend.

One highlight will be the sale of Norfolk saffron, grown at Burnham Norton, just five miles from the market, along with the launch of a new book celebrating the history of the growing of the golden spice in England.

There will be tastings of many of the products and information to help customers as they make purchases.

Cookery demonstrations in the workshop on the car park start at 10am.

Mary Kemp will be hosting the demos which include Richard Bainbridge, head chef of Galton Blackiston's Morston Hall, who will be cooking his favourite Norfolk quail dish, as seen on the BBC's The Great British Menu, and John and Ellie Savory, of Great Ryburgh, near Fakenham,

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Also demonstrating are Vanessa Scott of Strattons Hotel in Swaffham, Mary Kemp and Madhu Choudhry of Ethnic Fusion, a long-standing producer at the market with a sparkling reputation for her Indian cuisine.

Another interesting feature will be a demonstration of the Big Green Egg, which is a charcoal-based ceramic cooker and could be useful for people who struggle to get a big turkey in the oven.

Local producer Godwick Turkeys from Tittleshall, near Fakenham, will supply a free-range bird to show how it works. The Big Green Egg can grill, roast, smoke or bake in any weather with cooking temperatures ranging from 80C to 400C.

At the market, everything from cheeses to chocolates and from fresh meat to macarons will be available in the renovated barns next to the picturesque ruins of the 13th-century abbey.

The Creake Abbey Farmers' Market won the 2010 and 2011 EDP Food Awards farmers' market category and it bursts with delicious smells, character and country life.

Father Christmas is due to make an appearance at 11am and a local choir will sing carols.

For more information ring 07801 418907 or visit the www.creakeabbey.co.uk.

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