This is the last post of our weekend in Norwich and by pure coincidence on our recent visit it was the last days of the Norfolk Food Festival. Foodie events had been organised over the county starting from the 19th of September and culminated in Norwich with the mighty ‘Battle of the Bangers’ and a food theatre in the central Forum building. The public were asked to sample and vote for their favourite sausage from a range of local butchers cooked from a series of stalls outside the Forum. The variety and quality of the bangers was fantastic and although we did not get to know the eventual vote winner, we loved the bangers from the Walsingham Farms Shop Partnership, hope they did take the honours.
The highlight of the event for me was the John Lewis sponsored cookery theatre inside the Forum with an impressive stage, cameras, large monitors for the close-ups and a line up of top local chefs. The main presentation we managed to see was by Roger Hickman from The Victoria at Holkham. Roger’s presentation was the preparation of three game dishes consisting of duck, pigeon and venison supplied from the Holkham estate. Each dish used seasonal and locally sourced produce and Roger’s presentation was both interesting and inspiring and his passion and talent for his cooking shone through. During the event several chefs had contributed to and were promoting the ‘Mealmakers’ recipe book in aid of the Princes Trust in Norfolk and for a humble five pounds was a deserving cause worth supporting and I look forward to trying some of the recipes from my copy. How easy the professionals make it look and three stunning dishes were prepared and demonstrated in approximately 40 minutes. Talking to Roger at the end of the presentation it was a pleasant surprise to find that he was involved with the original ‘Adlards’ restaurant another local favourite sadly now closed and missed. Roger originates from Garforth near Leeds ….. Well not much of a surprise there !!