Three great reasons to #VisitNorfolk 6-23 September for @BrecksFoodFest – another exciting part of #NFDF2014

This is probably my shortest post ever – just three four links (a new one added 31 Aug) to exciting news of events running during the Brecks Food Festival AND Norwich Restaurant Week – part of the county-wide Norfolk Food and Drink Festival – take a look and plan a delicious family day out, full of tasty treats.

  1. Brecks Food Festival Programme 2014
  2. Brecks food A4 poster 2014 3a (1)
  3. Brecks Quiz A4 poster 2014
  4. NEW NRWFlyerFinalForWebsite

About this post

This is one in a series of #NFDF2014 tagged posts about the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival 2014 and related stories – I hope you enjoy them (if you do, please give them a star or two).

If you have any questions or comments, or ideas for future posts, please post them under this blog or tweet them to me. I will do my best to reply.

Thank you for reading – best wishes – Huw.

@HuwSayer / @Business_Write

Join @NorfolkFDN – the Norfolk network for buyers and suppliers of local food and drink.

Local people with a passion for Norfolk’s food and drink have launched a new networking group for buyers and suppliers: the Norfolk Food & Drink Network (@NorfolkFDN on twitter). Now we want you – producers, processors, chefs, restaurateurs, wholesalers and retailers – to get involved.

This network brings together professionals from across the industry to share knowledge and ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment. There are no membership fees – just a small charge for some excellent canapés and a drink at each event – and there is no pressure to sell yourself or make introductions.

Instead, each quarterly event will feature guest speakers who will talk about lessons they have learnt – and mistakes they have made along the way to success.There will also be plenty of time for members to share their own stories, discuss industry issues and make valuable business contacts. The events will normally be at The Library Bar and Grill on Guildhall Hill in Norwich – but we are looking at other venues for special events.

A professional network – organised by professionals

The network has been set up by Emma Arthurton from Larking Gowen, Nicola Butterworth from Howes Percival, Jayne Raffles from Raffles Restaurants and representatives from the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival (Anna Stevenson, the festival’s co-ordinator, and me, in my role as one of this year’s festival champions). We have since been joined by my fellow #NFDF2014 champion Charlie Hodson and by Charlotte Cousens from Contract Personnel. If you want to get involved – please get in touch.

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We’re stronger together

The Food and Drink sector is a vital part of our local economy. Across the New Anglia LEP (NALEP) region, the Agri-food industry (‘plough to packet’) is worth around £4bn and employs some 15% of the workforce, many in highly skilled jobs requiring good STEM qualifications. Food and drink is also an important part of Norfolk’s tourism offer, accounting for 29% of tourist spending in the NALEP region (more than shopping at 27%). So anything we can do to strengthen local businesses is good for our community too.

BOOK to avoid disappointment

We have now held two events (in July and October) and both were a big success with great feedback on our member surveys – including 87% rating the events as very good or excellent. The next event will be on Monday 26 January 2015 at The Library Bar and Grill from 17:30-19:30. Follow @NorfolkFDN on twitter and look out for the booking info – be sure to invite a business contact too.

To keep up to date future events, please follow NFDN on facebook – and help spread the word by liking their page and sharing with your social media network.

Thank you

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About this post

This is one in a series of #NFDF2014 tagged posts about the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival 2014 and related stories – I hope you enjoy them.

If you have any questions or comments, or ideas for future posts, please post them under this blog or tweet them to me. I will do my best to reply.

Thank you for reading,

Huw.

@HuwSayer / @Business_Write

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Could your favourite #Norfolk butcher WIN the @FoodFestNorfolk #NFDF2014 Battle of the Bangers?

Does your local butcher make the best sausages in Norfolk? Are they up for the ultimate taste-test challenge? Then encourage them to take part in the @FoodFestNorfolk #NFDF2014 Battle of the Bangers and prove it.

The Battle of the Bangers is one of the highlights of the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival. Every year it draws a huge crowd of hungry people to try the finest sausages from the best butchers across the county. Over 4,000 people joined in the fun in 2013 and voted for the People’s Choice of Best Banger – so it’s a great opportunity for butchers to win public prestige and new customers.

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Sausage crown up for grabs

Norwich’s famous family butchers Archer’s, who won last year, will be on the judging panel for the Sponsors’ Choice category so won’t be competing this year. This means the field is now wide open to new entrants to prove their sausages have the best sizzle. But they’ll need your hearty support to succeed when the heat is on.

This year’s Battle of the Bangers will take place on Saturday 6 September – make a note in your diary now – outside The Forum and will mark the culmination of Norwich Restaurant Week. There will also be other #NFDF2014 attractions going on at the same time, so there are sure to be masses of people ready to try and to buy some tasty tea-time treats, whether plain pork, spicy beef or perhaps even herby chicken (now there’s an idea).

FREE Entry

The event is free to enter – for both contestants and consumers – and the organisers offer ample support to each butcher who takes part, to help them make the most of this special day. All the butchers have to do is set up their own stand, fire up the BBQ and start cooking. They will obviously have to bring along plenty of sausages too – both as samples and to sell because previous entrants have apparently done a roaring trade on the day (as well as in after-sales).

They’ll need to hurry – just five places left

Places are limited to just 10 entrants, so with five stands already booked your butcher will need to act fast to guarantee their place. For full details and a booking form they should send an email to anna@nfdf.co.uk today!  We hope your favourite butcher decides to take part and wish all that do the best of luck – the competition is hot but the chance to be named People’s Choice is worth it.

The joys of Norwich Market

One of my local favourites – hoping they will take part.

About this post

This is one in a series of posts about the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival 2014 and other local food and drink related stories (see my earlier post about being an #NFDF2014 Champion) – I hope you enjoy them. If you have any questions or comments, or ideas for future posts, please feel free to post them under this blog or tweet them to me. I will do my best to reply.

Thank you for reading – best wishes – Huw.