Posted onOctober 10, 2013
The event, held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is part of the month-long Norfolk Food and Drink Festival sponsored by the EDP and Adnams.
More than 40 stalls displayed a variety of local produce at a farmers’ market in Swaffham today.
Despite the mayhem in the Market Place the day before, when a major fire at Mr Chips closed the town centre roads, organisers were very pleased.
Stephen Fry helped bring in the crowds by tweeting to his six million followers: ‘The annual Brecks Food Festival Market is this Sunday 10-4 Swaffham Market Place. A celebration of local food, drink, farming and landscape.’
The festival was officially opened by South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss on Friday at a pop-up restaurant with a menu created by the talented husband and wife team Clarissa and Yussuf Bromelle, the couple behind the Unthank Supper Club.
Ms Truss said: “With some of the very best local produce and culinary expertise on offer this festival really does serve up a delicious treat for visitors and locals alike.
“The enthusiasm and commitment by the organisers and all those taking part create the prefect recipe for success.”
Friday’s events started with a harvest festival in St Peter and Paul’s Church in Swaffham, attended by children from the town’s Sacred Heart School, followed by a hog roast organised by Swaffham Business Forum, a talk by the RSPB hosted by the Rotarians about wildlife friendly farming and challenges in the Brecks.
There were celebrations at Oxborough Hall and in Watton on Saturday, the festival celebrated ‘healthy choices’.
Wyken vineyard held an art and sculpture trail within the grounds of the Leaping Hare, this year’s winners of the Good Food Guide’s reader’s choice best restaurant in the east.
Vanessa Scott, Norfolk Food Festival trustee and founder of the Brecks Food and Drink Festival, said: “This wonderful celebration of local food and drink and the amazing countryside of the Brecks showcases everything local from the humble potato to the delicate flavours of the macaron, from local cheeses to chilled ales and from game to garden produce. Local restaurants, attractions, retailers and schools come together in the Brecks as part of the increasingly popular month-long Norfolk Food Festival.
“Reducing food miles and packaging, maintaining local varieties; some of which over time have become specially adapted to local conditions and recognising the contribution that food production can make to the countryside is good fun and will bring benefits to us all.”
Alongside today’s farmers’ market was a world barbecue on the Campingland organised by the Iceni Partnership to reflect the cultural diversity in the community and a waiters’ race at the old grammar school antiques centre and cafe.
Shops and restaurants enjoyed the extra business created by people who came from as far afield as Cambridge, Great Yarmouth and London to enjoy the event.