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Welcome to our April issue which we’ve had great fun putting together. It is bursting with goodies which really reflects what’s happening in the countryside as the fields start to spring into life. Our Anglia Farmers’ feature takes us to the Tacon family farm at Rollesby, near Great Yarmouth, where asparagus is about to take centre-stage - and that’s a real favourite with all of us here at Feast Towers!

Our kitchen gardener Ellen Mary tells us a bit more about rocket, that fast growing peppery treat, and Rachel Birtwhistle is seeing her hard work pay off at her new allotment. The new chef at Congham Hall, near King’s Lynn, James O’Connor, uses new season lamb to help us create an Easter feast, while Norwich butcher Jamie Archer shares his favourite eight-hour roasted leg of lamb recipe with us, too.

Andy Newman visits The Deli at Jarrold’s, a great little food emporium right in the city centre, and with whom we’re holding an artisan producer evening next month. With cookery demonstrations, talks and the chance to sample some of the best local food around, it promises to be great fun.

I also chat with Chris Coubrough about the North Norfolk Food Festival held at Holkham in September - it sounds as if it’s going to be better than ever this year and we’re taking part, too! My husband and I love fish so really enjoyed our trip to the Wells Crab House where Scott and Kelly are making a really lovely, friendly place, while Andy and his wife, Becky, visited Bishop’s in the heart of Norwich. Don’t miss our respective reviews.

Our popular travel pages see my old boss Peter Franzen take to the high seas where he cooks with the stars, Emma Outten travels to Buckinghamshire and I try out the new look Chequers Inn at Thornham, in North Norfolk. Lucky devils, aren’t we! I also had a fabulous night at The Wallow in Norwich when I met the owner and wine maker from the te Pa vineyards in New Zealand. That was a late night as we sampled their (entire) range!

And I’m delighted to announce that we are media partners with Porkstock, a family-friendly food and music festival held at the Norfolk Showground in October. Watch this space for all the latest news about this popular event. So, another busy, bustling month for us as we keep you all right up-to-date with all the food and drink events and activities in the region. 

Happy reading.

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