Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival

Seeing as it was crying out for a visit, we complied and went to the Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival last weekend. The setting was lovely, as you can see right in the grounds of Bungay castle. It was a smallish affair but a great chance to meet other food producers in the Waveney Valley area.

I was quite taken with The Milk Shed, sellers of raw milk. If you ever travel the A143 towards Yarmouth you may have noticed their signs on the road just before the Grain brewery. They also have a Facebook page where you can see their eponymous Friesian shed which has tickled me so much I may have to actually visit.

I have talked about the concept of a Norfolk Road Trip before and the Milk Shed sits nicely among the smallholdings, farm shops and brewery on the Waveney Valley route.

PA Mobbs were also there advertising their 'Village Drop' scheme for Xmas turkeys. In a nutshell, if a group orders 10 turkeys and collects them a nominated drop off point, they'll get an 11th turkey free, so essentially a 10% discount. Birds cost from £40 for a 4kg one right up to £76 for 10kg. I did consider whether we should try and organise this for ourselves. Personally I can't participate as I will already be away for Xmas by the collection date but if anyone thinks they may be interested, let me know and I'll let you have the full details.

Another bargain heads up: Just Truffles in Harleston are offering 10% off Xmas orders placed between 6th and 10th November. For those that may not know, Just Truffles handmake truffles and chocolate products, their website is here.

There were loads of other interesting traders, too numerous to mention, the chicken sausage people, the duck and orange pie people, the pig cheek pie people, as well as a few 'usual suspects', The Flying Chef (hot dogs) the goat cheese people from the farmers market, St Peter's brewery etc etc

We really are lucky to live where we do, we're surrounded by some amazing food producers, I really don't understand by Norfolk isn't feted as a foodie haven in the manner of Shropshire. This is one of my motivations behind this blog, to raise awareness of the food culture around us.

1 comment:

  1. Well I'm sort of wishing we'd made the effort to go now as it all sounds great. The Milk Shed is definitely on my list of places to visit. I can't join in the turkey idea as we're going abroad for the festivities, and a turkey in the suitcase won't be appreciated by customs, but I think some handmade truffles would go down a treat as a Christmas gift to the new Odessan (is there such a word?) branch of our family. Thanks Tracey.