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By SOPHIE WYLLIE
Monday, September 17, 2012
Mouth-watering food and drink showcasing the best of the Breckland was enjoyed by thousands at the weekend.
From a pop-up restaurant to a waiters’ race, the Brecks Food and Drink Festival in Swaffham had something for everyone, according to organiser Vanessa Scott.
She added: “It is about celebrating farming and the countryside and making that link which is really important.
“Everyone thought it was brilliant. It was really diverse and there was something for everyone.”
Some 12,000 people from as far as Ely, Cambridge and Great Yarmouth came to the three-day festival which started on Friday (September 14).
South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss and Dr Pixie McKenna, of Channel 4’s Embarrasing Bodies, opened the pop-up restaurant which kicked off the event.
The 80 diners ate crayfish soup with saffron rolls, Scotts Field Pork from Oxborough and Heygate Farms potatoes from Swaffham and a salt and vinegar steamed pudding with potato ice cream.
Students from the Sacred Heart School in Swaffham were “fantastic” in the Mary Kemp Cookery Theatre on Saturday, according to Mrs Scott, owner of Strattons Hotel.
Head chef from the hotel, Sam Bryant, and two other chefs from the business won the waiters’ race which was held yesterday (Sunday).
Chefs, producers and even BBC Look East weather presenter Julie Reinger took part in the competitive but fun event.
Mrs Scott said Julie was very good at throwing food and drink over herself.
A trio of markets were held over the festival - the evening market on Friday, a traditional market on Saturday and the farmers’ market on Sunday. A talk about the history of the Breckland landscape was also put on.
Some 50 producers were involved in the event which is in its second year and is part of the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.
For information about the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, visit www.norfolkfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk