King’s Lynn foodies travel the world at town’s tasty festival

Karen Tripp at the Around the World in 80 Dishes event at the Corn Exchange in King's Lynn. Picture:

Karen Tripp at the Around the World in 80 Dishes event at the Corn Exchange in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The centre of King's Lynn turned into a multicultural feast for the 10th annual Around the World in 80 Dishes event.

Hundreds of people turned up to the Tuesday Market Place to feast themselves on cuisines from King's Lynn to Australia.

This is the first time the event has been held outdoors in the summer.

Event organiser Marie Connell said: 'The event has outgrown previous locations at Lynnsport and the King's Corn Exchange.

'There is an amazing array of free food for the visitors which is one of the reasons this event is so popular and we are now holding it out in the open for all to see.'

There were 25 stands on show with countries such as Portugal, China and the Philippines all displaying their own cultural wares.

Among the number of displays was the Mexican stall.

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Yvette Gonzalez and her family have attended the Around the World in 80 dishes festival since it began.

She said: 'We enjoy coming here because although we have lived in King's Lynn now for 24 years, we still like to embrace our culture and our food.'

Karen Tripp, representing Australia, has also been at the event since its inauguration.

She said: 'It costs quite a bit of money and takes a lot of time and effort to put all the food together.

'It takes a couple of days to cut and prepare all the food and it is so hard to get hold of stuff like kangaroo sausages and make Aztec biscuits but despite all that we keep coming back and it is a real fun event.'

The day of festivities also saw entertainment from Brazilian dancers, the Lavender Hill Mob and the Springwood band, as well as a range of games and activities for the children to take part in such as circus skills.

The event was hosted by the West Norfolk Voluntary and Community Action and Freebridge Community Housing.

Freebridge Chief executive Tony Hall said: 'Freebridge have helped sponsor this event for the last two years and we are really proud to be following in the footsteps of Festival Too and bring life back into the town centre.'

'We're more than just a housing association and we try to really aim at our vision of a better West Norfolk and celebrate all walks of life whether it's a different country, sexuality, disability or whatever.

'And to bring everyone together we do it through the means of food.'

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