Norfolk festival aims to reawaken forgotten foods

Rachel Hughes Green (right) and Sarah Hughes Wade at the Firepit Camp in Wendling, the location for

Rachel Hughes Green (right) and Sarah Hughes Wade at the Firepit Camp in Wendling, the location for a Forgotten Food Festival. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Historic ingredients and traditional recipes will be celebrated at one of the region's top food festivals this weekend.

The Forgotten Foods Festival is being held at The Fire Pit Camp in Wendling on Saturday as part of a nationwide Slow Food Week.

It is the second time Slow Food Anglia' has teamed up with the natural campsite, near Dereham, run by sisters Rachel Hughes Green and Sarah Hughes Wade, which has just been named by two travel guides as one of the top 15 campsites in Britain.

They officially became Slow Food members last year and are keen to promote the ethos of good, clean, fair food for all and supporting new and old local producers, farmers, chefs and communities.

This year they have been encouraging producers to hunt out traditional or forgotten recipes and ingredients for visitors to sample.

Starting at 12.30pm lunch will be served from a small, passionate group of food heroes with wood fired pizza by The Proper Pizza Company; Fire Pit burgers and sides using ingredients from local butchers, farmers and artisan bakers Bread Source; Dermott Sales' Festival del Gusto Olive, a Slow Food Italian stall selling oils, honey and wine; Scrubby Oaks Fine Foods; Candi's Chutneys; Norfolk Chillies; Marsh Pig; Grey Seal Coffee; North Tuddenham Ice Creams and local Wendling bakers Pink Kitchen Cakes.

There will be talks by Dermott Sales and a preview of the new Norfolk's Own cook book 'Everything Stops for Tea' by Vanessa Scott of Strattons in Swaffham. The recipes use Norfolk ingredients and will go on public sale on June 18 with all monies raised going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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There will be a children's food activity trail, natural play area with music and fun for all the family, bouncy castles from A Jump Above and face painting by Papple Arts.

The bar will be selling Beeston Brewery real ale Worth the Wait, alongside their freshly mixed cocktails, Whin Hill ciders and Norwich-based craft beer by Redwell.

Entry is free.

The festival then goes to London on Sunday to the weekly Living Market at the luxury Rosewood Hotel for a Norfolk producers' showcase.

Nationally Slow Food Week runs until Sunday and the Forgotten Foods Festival is the only Slow Food event taking place in East Anglia in a week of events being held from London to Edinburgh.

More information about festival can be found on the event's Facebook page on Twitter at or visit the website

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