December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Diners were treated to a gastronomic feast and a walking tour of the historic streets of Norwich last night for one of the highlights of the EDP Adnams Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.
A record number of restaurants and record number of participants took part in the annual Moveable Feast, which is set to raise thousands of pounds for Parkinson’s UK.
The event was the brainchild of restauranteur Lloyd Addison 14 years ago and involves diners eating a starter in one of the city’s independent restaurants, walking to another venue for a main course, and finishing the night at another restaurant for pudding.
The Moveable Feast is held in memory of Mr Addison following his death in 2008 following a long battle with Parkinson’s.
More than 800 people bought tickets for this year’s dining extravaganza and the number of establishments reserving their tables for the event increased from 15 to 18.
Last year, more than £11,000 was generated for Parkinson’s UK to fund its work supporting patients and families and research into the disease. This year, organisers hope to surpass the £13,000 mark.
Organiser Cynthia Addison said her late husband would have been “proud” to see so many people enjoying the festivities, which helps showcase local restaurants.
“Every year it has got bigger and bigger and we could make it bigger because I have to turn people away every year. We have 18 restaurants taking part this year, which is the most we have ever had.”
“The original idea was to bring business into small independent restaurants and there are lots of small businesses here. There are 830 people here and as people travel around the restaurants, it gives a buzz to the whole city centre. People make new contacts and meet new friends and every year it brings new people.”
“It has been part of the food festival for nine years and has become the highlight of the food festival and as soon as it is advertised, it is sold out. He [Lloyd] would have been absolutely amazed and it is everything he would have visualised and would have been delighted,”she said.
Participating restaurants included The Assembly House, Norwich City College’s Hotel School at Blackfriars’ Hall, Brasted’s at Dragon Hall, Bam Bam, Lam Thai, The Iron House, The Wine Cellar, The Dining Rooms at Cinema City, Farmer Browns, Figaro, Pinocchios, St Benedict’s Restaurant, The Library, Bedfords and Talc on Timberhill.
This year’s event was sponsored by Cozens-Hardy solicitors and Adnams provided the drinks for the start of the Moveable Feast at The Forum.
Michelle Pullen, of Parkinson’s UK, praised Mrs Addison for her hard work in booking the restaurants and making sure all tickets are sent out.
“It is amazing to see a sea of people for the 14th Moveable Feast. It is a fantastic event,” she said.
See Thursday’s paper for Stacia Briggs’ review of the Moveable Feast.