Norfolk’s biggest food festival returns to Hokham


The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, taking place at The Walled Garden in Holkham on September 3-4, puts artisan producers at the heart of its action.

Now in its 13th year, Norfolk’s biggest food festival has two big prizes up for grabs for its talented vendors.

The first is a £1,000 mentorship prize from Norwich-based Kettle Foods, the show’s main sponsor.

The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival returns to Holkham Hall in September. (56952353)

All booth owners are eligible to apply for the award which gives the winner exclusive access to key business players who can help with business plans, marketing ideas, product development and more.

Past winners include Candi Robertson of Candi’s Chutneys and Sarah Pettegree of Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies.

Runner-up is a newcomer from Lynn-based Barsby Produce, which is looking for the best new product of the festival.

The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival returns to Holkham Hall in September.  (56952356)
The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival returns to Holkham Hall in September. (56952356)

The company will promote and sell the new products, through its extensive supply chain, providing the producer with a solid route to market.

Booth holders can enter for either or both prizes on the festival website and the two winners will be announced during the opening ceremony at the Arthur Howell Cookery Theater at 11am on September 3.

Ben Keeley, Festival Committee Member, Barsby Produce, said: “We are delighted to offer this opportunity, it is a great way for craft producers to showcase their product, and we look forward to many nominations and taste them.”

holkham hall (holkham estate) (56143701)
holkham hall (holkham estate) (56143701)

The Cookery Theatre’s lineup, always a festival highlight, is taking shape with new and established names appearing on the high-tech scene, hosted by local foodie Andy Newman.

Sara Matthews kicks off the Saturday morning fun with ideas for a plant-based breakfast feast, while you can also expect some decadent puddings from Scott Taylor of The Harper in Langham.

Fran Hartshorne of The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe works his magic with fish, Michael Chamberlain of The Victoria in Holkham prepares game from the estate, Abbi Saunt of Creake Abbey always creates incredibly colorful dishes, and Gary Steward of The Hoste Arms in Burnham Market thinks small plates.

Appearing on both days are the ever-chirpy duo, festival chairman and Wells chef Chris Coubrough and his great friend, legendary butcher Arthur Howell. Basically, you have to

expect the unexpected with them and it’s always great fun and somewhat chaotic.

The festival, which attracts 12,000 visitors over the two days, has 65 artisan producers selling everything from gin to chocolate, beer to chutney, bread to cheese, with a real focus on quality.

There are several pop-up concessions selling food as varied as mussels, wood-fired pizza, Thai dishes and artisan coffee, so you won’t go hungry, while the festival bar, run by the brewery Malt Coast, is the perfect place to relax. cold beer or festival inspired cocktail.

There are plenty of activities for children, including storytelling sessions and live music, and the festival is truly a dog-friendly event with treats available for them too.

North Norfolk Living, a well-known local lifestyle magazine, is its media partner, and the Festival takes place courtesy of the Earl and Countess of Leicester.

Admission is free and parking is available at £5 per vehicle and opens from 10am to 4pm both days.

The festival is organized by local foodies who offer all their services to support this family event which is a favorite of the culinary calendar.

Facilities and attractions at the Hall, an 18th-century Palladian-style mansion, are also available, including shops, a cafe, an exhibition, bike and boat hire, and a high ropes course. There are many lovely walks and cycle routes in the area, and Holkham Beach is regularly voted one of the best in the country.


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