Chance to sample new brews at charity beer banquet

Woodfordes Brewery preparing to celebrate Norfolk Day. CEO James Hughes, left, with chief operating

Woodfordes Brewery preparing to celebrate Norfolk Day. CEO James Hughes, left, with chief operating officer Nick Dolan. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Beer lovers will be able to enjoy a variety of brews in a special charity banquet.

Norfolk Day Logo

Norfolk Day Logo - Credit: Archant

The Norwich City of Ale Charity Beer Banquet takes place on Thursday, May 31, at Norwich's Maids Head Hotel, on Tombland.

It will be part of the 2018 City of Ale Trail and is raising money for Break, which supports vulnerable children and young people across East Anglia.

The banquet will include a reception drink, four-course taster menu with accompanying beers and tips from a beer sommelier.

Tickets cost £40 per person and tables for eight-10 people are available.

The charity event is being supported by Norfolk and Suffolk breweries including Norfolk Day sponsor Woodforde's Brewery, Panther Brewery, Elmtree Beers, St Peter's Brewery, Grain Brewery and Redwell Brewing.

The event comes on the final day for name submissions for a new Norfolk Day 'sunshine session ale', to be made by Woodbastwick-based Woodforde's Brewery.

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It is working with Break for the Norfolk Day competition.

The inaugural Norfolk Day, also sponsored by Richardson's Hemsby Beach Holiday Park, takes place on Friday, July 27, and is being backed by the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and BBC Radio Norfolk.

Dozens of communities, businesses, charities and individuals have organised a variety of events to celebrate the special event.

These include street parties, a mental health discussion, a rural reed cutting demonstration, Norfolk-themed food menus and photographic competitions, plus many more.

The beer will be launched at the Royal Norfolk Show on June 27 and 28 and available to buy until the end of September with a percentage of sale proceeds going to Break.

Woodfordes chief executive James Hughes said: 'We're looking for a name that will be unique to Norfolk... The label design will incorporate the yellow and black colours of the Norfolk Day logo so we're after something that will really stand out and represent the county.'

?To submit your name by May 31 visit book a place on the beer banquet visit you organising a Norfolk Day event? Email details, including times, locations and contact details, to, tweet @norfolk or message the Norfolk Day Facebook page.

Norfolk Day shop

An online shop has been launched selling Norfolk Day marketing material which event organisers can display on the day.

The shop is selling a four-pack of flags, four-pack of A3 posters and 20 balloons at £4, while 5m of bunting is £7.50.

Celebration packs containing all of the above are available for £15.

Norfolk Day takes place on Friday, July 27 and is intended as a day of fun in which individuals, community groups and businesses are encouraged to get involved by hosting or participating in events.

The initiative was launched by the EDP and Norwich

Evening News in partnership with BBC Radio Norfolk and has the backing of business and community organisations who are planning events for the day.

Details of events will be revealed in the newspaper, online and via social media.

To order Norfolk Day materials visit the Norfolk Day shop to buy celebratory items.