Cream of North Norfolk food and drink on show

North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival at Holkham Hall. Eric Snaith giving a cooking demonstration. Pic

North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival at Holkham Hall. Eric Snaith giving a cooking demonstration. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A showcase of Norfolk's best produce Norfolk was staged in the scenic grounds of a north country estate at the weekend.

Holkham Hall's walled garden was the setting for the sixth North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival which brought together 60 producers to share their wares and knowledge.

Thousands came to try tasty titbits and learn more about where their food and drink comes from.

There was everything from chutneys to chillies and locally-reared pork to potatoes harvested on the Holkham estate itself.

Festival chairman Chris Coubrough, who runs the Flying Kiwi Inns, said: 'We have had 10,000 happy visitors and we have got 60 of the finest producers in north Norfolk here and we think they are the absolute cream of what north Norfolk has to offer.'

Farmer Teddy Maufe, who first came up with the idea of the festival, said: 'What is so great about it is the little producers who have a really good product can get out to the wider public. This gives them such a great platform to be seen.'

Among those at the festival were butcher Arthur Howell, Kemp Infused Oils, Norfolk Saffron, Bread Source and sponsors Kettle Foods.

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Candi's Chutney won the Kettle Chips mentoring prize which means it will receive advice and support from the international brand as well as £1,000.

Candi Robertson, who set up the business at Dereham four years ago, said: 'For a small producer it is such an amazing opportunity.

'My background is as a chef so in terms of marketing I am completely new to it.

'This festival has been amazing. I know I and many producers look forward to it.'

Jo Coubrough, who runs Jo C's Norfolk Ale from Barsham near Fakenham , said: 'People are more interested in where their food and drink comes from.

'North Norfolk is like the Champagne region for growing Maris Otter barley which is great for brewing.

'Brewing used to be a women's job but now the industry is dominated by men so I wanted to go back to its roots.'

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