Provisions, pastries, petits fours and politics

Provisions, pastries, petits fours and politics
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The West Norfolk Food and Drink Festival in Hunstanton is more than a Farmers' Market, it's a whole day out. A unique convergence of food, drink, politics and more...

On Sunday, June 16th, 2024, Hunstanton High Street will transform into a bustling hub of delectable Norfolk-made food and drink treats, as the West Norfolk Food & Drink Festival returns with its vibrant offerings. From 10am to 3pm, locals and visitors alike will have the unique opportunity to mingle, sample, and purchase from a diverse selection of the finest food and drink producers Norfolk has to offer.

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Event organiser Mark Kacary from The Norfolk Deli said: "Following the first event on the 17th of March, we are hoping for a some brighter and dryer weather, but the support for our first attempt was truly magnificent with several traders selling out of stock well before the end of the day - they promise to be a little better prepared this time.

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Mark and Rosie Kacary, The Norfolk Deli

"We have taken onboard the feedback we received following the first event and are delighted to say that most traders who were with us in March will be back this time too. 

"We have lost a few due to other commitments, for example Norwich Wine Week takes place at the same time meaning that Cobble Hill, Chet & Waveney & Burn Valley Vineyards will be missing, but in their place, we welcome Duration Brewery, The Mushroomery, Norfolk Pie Company, M & M Sweet Treat & Heather’s Kettlecorn. 

"We are also introducing a small “Street Food” area where traders will be offering Burrito’s, Paella, Chinese and Ice cream.

"The success of the first event means more High Street businesses are expected to open, resulting in an even bigger range of breakfast options, which will be essential to boost the stamina needed to last the entire day.

"Independent business like The Norfolk Deli Café, The Terrace, Legges Café, Georgie’s Café, Becca’s Kitchen and the Copper Kettle, will all be open nice and early to serve visitors before the festival officially opens at 10am."

Event Highlights:

  • A wide array of Norfolk-made food and drink to sample and purchase.
  • “Bees by the Sea” a celebration of bees in the Town Hall
  • The East of England Flowering arranging show.
  • Direct interaction with all four parliamentary candidates.
  • Local cafes, Bars & restaurants.
  • An opportunity to get away from it all with a stroll along the promenade/beach
  • Family-friendly activities such as the sea life centre, fun fair, amusements.
  • Watch a Euro’s game at one of several locations who will be screening matches.
  • Enjoy fish & chips by the sea with a locally made gelato.
  • Book to see the guitar wizardry of Albert Lee at the Princess Theatre.

Here is a list of what you will be able to find at the festival:

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Unlike many Farmer’s Markets this festival's central Hunstanton location allows visitors to explore the town's vibrant independent retail scene. 

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You’ll find David Halliday owner of Norfolk’s local Moongazer Brewery will be joining Adrian Eden at “By the book” Bookshop to read from and sign the first in what will be a series of books under the title of “Moongazer Tales” featuring a hare called Jigfoot. Customer will be able to buy a book, get it signed and even obtain a bottle of Jigfoot beer.

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Not only this but between the 15th – 16th June (Inclusive) people are encouraged to visit The Town Hall which will be hosting “Bees by the Sea) Learn about bees, see live honey bees in a observation hive. Meat local beekeepers, educational information about pollination a treasure hunt and activities for children as well as an opportunity to buy beeswax creation or to even roll your own candle!

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Of course you can’t visit the seaside and not enjoy a, traditional seaside fish and chips supper there are numerous eateries like Henry’s and Fishers offering sumptuous options. Dessert comes in the form of ice cream from Hunstanton Ice Cream Co. or East Coast Gelato.

If that’s not quite enough enjoyment for the day already, book a table at Chives or the newly refurbished Golden Lion Hotel where you can enjoy some food with a sea view. Lastly you why not book tickets (if there are any left) for a night with Albert Lee at the Princess Theatre. He is one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history, the Grammy Award-winning Albert Lee has worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, The Everly Brothers, The Crickets and Emmylou Harris over an illustrious career spanning 60 years..

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In the bar at the Princess Theatre with Proprietor Brian Hallard

The festival promises to be particularly special, as it will also serve as a platform for political engagement ahead of the upcoming General Election.  There are five candidates standing for the seat in NW Norfolk, they are:

  • James Wild, Conservative Party
  • Tim Leaver, Labour Party
  • Robert Colwell, Liberal Democrats
  • Phillip Walton, Reform Party
  • Michael de Whalley, Green Party

Mark Kacary added: "With only two and a half weeks remaining until Election Day, four of the parliamentary candidates for the West Norfolk seat will be present to meet with the public. 

"Attendees can discuss policies and visions for the future while enjoying the best culinary creations Norfolk has to offer."

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This unique convergence of food, drink, and politics offers an ideal opportunity for voters to engage directly with the candidates, ask questions, and share their concerns in a relaxed and informal setting. Whether you’re passionate about local produce or eager to discuss the future of West Norfolk, this event caters to all interests.

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