The farmers’ market held on Saturday 7th April broke all records with visitors numbers exceeding that of the Christmas market….estimated to be around 1300 between 9.30 and 1pm. Thanks to the North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival, which launched at the market, we had the mobile cookery theatre back. Market goers were treated to cookery demonstrations by Vanessa Scott of Strattons Hotel in Swaffham and Chris Coubrough of the Flying Kiwi Inns. Vanessa cooked beer bread, pear, hazelnut and chocolate cake plus a spring onion tart. Chris was on top form interspesing cooking tips with flagrant self-promotion of his various eateries, as was expected and his banter was appreicated by the audience (or most of it!). It was a real treat for all at Creake Abbey to have such distinguished chefs on stage and we owe them and Mary Kemp (who organised it all) a huge debt of gratitude.
During the launch Teddy Maufe, Chair of the North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival (and local grower of malting barley and owner of the Real Ale Shop) told visitors and the press about the 2012 Local Food Challenge. From the May market through to and including the August market, young chefs will cook on stage in the mobile cookery theatre. They will select their ingredients from the market that morning and then cook two dishes for judges to mark. They will be promoting themselves AND the establishments they work for. The final will take place at the festival on 1st and 2nd September at Holkham Hall. For more information or to apply to be involved please visit http://www.northnorfolkfoodfestival.co.uk/ and visit the Local Food Challenge pages.
Thank you to all our producers and visitors!