Feast reveals some of the chefs taking part in the Cookery Theatre at the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival at Holkham this September
The Cookery Theatre is a big part of the much loved North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival which returns to Holkham on September 4 and 5, 2021.
After a year’s break due to the pandemic, the festival, now in its 12th year, takes place in the glorious walled garden on the Holkham estate.
The dog-friendly, two-day event, with Kettle Chips as the headline sponsor, is one of the county’s original food festivals and regularly attracts up to 11,000 people.
The popular Cookery Theatre, sponsored by Wells butcher Arthur Howell, takes centre stage with a mixture of new names and established figures using the region’s larder to create mouth-watering dishes.
They include Jordan Bayes from The Chequers Inn at Thornham who is offering up a peachy dessert, plant-based cook Sara Matthews who will show us how to create a delicious (and super healthy) breakfast, Michael Chamberlain from The Victoria Inn at Holkham who will use produce from the Estate, Fran Hartshorne from the White Horse at Brancaster Staithe who will be demonstrating Norfolk Lobster and King’s Lynn brown shrimp risotto, Brancaster marsh forahed herbs; and Jes Paskins from The Ostrich Inn at South Creake who promises a chilli crab dish.
Around 65 local producers selling everything from gin to chocolate, from bread to cheese and from chutney to brownies are on site, representing the best of the best and an emphasis is on those based in North Norfolk.
Add in a wide selection of pop up concessions where you can buy delicious coffees, pizzas and more, live music, a well stocked bar and lots of picnicking options, and it’s a great day to enjoy all that the county’s foodie scene has to offer.
Festival chair Martin Billing says: ‘We are obviously delighted to be back, in person, after a year’s gap. We are all raring to go and support both local producers and many of our talented chefs. It has been a more than hard year, and now we want to look forward and celebrate the wonderful part of the world we live in and its amazing culinary scene. And how lucky are we that we get to do it all in the Walled Garden at Holkham?’
The festival is run by local foodies who all volunteer their services to support this family-friendly event which is a firm favourite in the culinary calendar. Facilities and attractions at the hall, an 18th century Palladian style house, are also available including shops and a cafe. There are many lovely Estate walks and Holkham beach is regularly voted one of the best in the country.
All plans are subject to Covid restrictions and guidelines and could change.