Published in Feast issue 45 – April 2020
The three new sponsors for Proudly Norfolk are bringing a whole new energy for the county-wide food and drink umbrella organisation.
Step forward Woodforde’s Brewery, Norfolk Cottages, and the Norfolk Hub, which delivers and promotes fantastic food and drink products from Small to Medium Enterprises in the county.
Emma King of Woodforde’s says: ‘I’m excited that Woodforde’s is one of the three joint headline sponsors and believes that the team can add significant value and expertise and, most importantly, share our ethos to help celebrate and promote this wonderful county and the incredible food and drink offering Norfolk has to offer to both locals and visitors alike all year round.’
Whereas Matt Frost, general manager of Norfolk Cottages, is looking forward to collaborating with fellow headline sponsors to help grow Proudly Norfolk. ‘Our ongoing discussions are fun, innovative and focused on bringing local products to our visitors, businesses and those lucky enough to live in the county.’
Co-founder of The Norfolk Hub, Dan Lacey says: ‘Norfolk is the home of many things, but celebrating the love of small producers is something that we feel is appreciated across the county. We’re very lucky to consider Norfolk as home to many breweries and distilleries, and several events celebrating local producers, including some of our drinks! So essentially, Norfolk to us is our home, and we’re proud to be local distributors of produce we truly believe in.’
There are some exciting things planned for this year and beyond, including an App-based rewards scheme launching in the summer, where members signing up are guaranteed a minimum of a 10 percent discount.
Meanwhile, Proudly Norfolk is continuing to support and promote its members, and is currently posting offers for members across social media. It will continue to build the brand, that of being a champion of all things Norfolk.
Why should people join Proudly Norfolk? A community of food and drink businesses, Proudly Norfolk is run by a volunteer board, and is not for profit. Its aim is to shout loud and proud about members and the general food and drink scene in Norfolk.
Chair Sarah Daniels says: ‘We believe we are stronger together; we host knowledge sharing networking events for our members both physically and virtually.
‘Members also have direct access to patrons and board members. For example, we have had meet-the-expert events from Hatch Brenner and Lovewell Blake.’
Plans for the year include a Summer Food and Drink Festival on August 9 at Woodforde’s and a Christmas Festival at the Assembly House November 22, with reindeers. The Proudly Norfolk Food and Drink Festival has been postponed until April 11, 2021.
- Visit www.proudlynorfolk.co.uk which shows all members in distinct categories, as well as events and news from across the county.