Foodie fes­ti­val fun

Norfolk - - FOOD BITES -

Top food critic and MasterChef reg­u­lar Jay Rayner is the head­line act in a new food fes­ti­val which starts at the As­sem­bly House in Nor­wich this month. Rayner, with his new show The Ten (Food) Com­mand­ments

ap­pears at the end of the three-month fes­ti­val, which fea­tures a di­verse ar­ray of en­ter­tain­ments in­clud­ing a one-night re-open­ing of the Noverre Cin­ema (show­ing Cho­co­lat, nat­u­rally) and din­ner with Karl Goward of Shep­herds of West­min­ster, the politi­cos’ favourite diner.

Ad­di­tion­ally there is a game master class and lunch with Jose L Souto, the chance to share some se­ri­ous pud­dings with the BBC’s David Clayton, the very in­dul­gent school of choco­late with Gary Hunter and a great Bri­tish food quiz.

“We want to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” says the As­sem­bly House’s Richard Hughes. “We want to put on a bit of a show as well as have some good food out there. It should be fun!”

Also serv­ing up fun at the As­sem­bly House were the ‘School of Magic’ Harry Pot­ter-in­spired af­ter­noon teas, with a Barmby-stormer of a cake from Great Bri­tish Bake-Off’s Kate.

Mean­while the ninth North Nor­folk Food and Drink Fes­ti­val at Holkham Hall will see more than 50 stall hold­ers at­tract­ing over 12,000 hun­gry at­ten­dees for some good­ies this month. Ex­pect real ales and fresh juices, hog roast, meat and poul­try, seafood, cheese, fruit and veg­eta­bles, honey, cakes and ice-cream, pud­dings and tarts among the treats on of­fer. Kate Barmby will be show­cas­ing her skills in one of the main talk­ing points of the fes­ti­val: cre­at­ing a beach hut scene out of bis­cuits in the chil­dren’s bak­ing tent.

Chef and fes­ti­val chair­man Chris Coubrough says: “The fes­ti­val isn’t just a cel­e­bra­tion of our rich, culi­nary her­itage and a chance to show­case outstandin­g field-to-fork pro­duce to a wider au­di­ence but, most of all, a fan­tas­tic week­end to en­joy food and drink with friends and fam­ily in a stunning, iconic lo­ca­tion. It’s a feast for all the senses!”

The As­sem­bly House Food Fes­ti­val, Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber. as­sem­bly­house­nor­ North Nor­folk Food and Drink Fes­ti­val, Holkham Hall, Septem­ber 1 and 2; from 10am to 4pm north­nor­folk­food­fes­ti­

Kate Barmby and her show­stop­per ‘Keeper of the Keys’ cake, in­spired by Harry Pot­ter

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