Slow Food Norwich is very pleased to be holding an event in the beautiful village of Wendling in Norfolk in June 2014 in conjunction with the new Slow Food in England and Olivaverde. This is the first food festival that will be held together with the Fire Pit team at their venue in the village of Wendling, this great venue is just outside the town of Swaffham in central Norfolk and much of the event will be based on the Italian Sagre food events which are held all over Italy each year.
The owners of the Fire Pit are very proactive in organising popular events at their venue and also work closely with the local community to promote both the village and local small artisan food businesses. Over the past couple of years the site has been transformed and there is now a large field which is used as a campsite,a wonderful hand made hazel dome bender tent, a purpose built shower and toilet block, as well as converted double decker bus which is used for childrens parties and more recently there has be the addition of a new cafe unit.
Several local sponsors and supporters have already come forward to offer to supply produce for the event and also with help and we are hoping to attract several hundred guests to this first Wendling and Slow Food Food Fest and Italian themed food event in central Norfolk.
The joint Fire Pit and Slow Food Norwich event has already attracted many stallholders and small artisan food producers including the Proper Pizza Company and Mr T Catering. Our good friends at Slow Food in Italy are sending one of their members to host the organic olive oil and Italian artisan sauces tastings and workshop, which will include tutored tastings of 6 organic olive oils from different regions of Italy.
The day will also include arts and crafts stalls, local Norfolk food stalls, a kids fun area, also some great music and the new Fire Pit Cafe will be open offering refreshments and cakes.
Slow Food Norwich members will also be holding a talk about the Slow Food movement in the UK and the International movement which now has over 100,000 members in over 150 Countries. There will also be a workshop on how to support and nuture new local food producers and how good locally grown and sourced food is increasingly important in the Uk and the rest of the world.
Other events that Slow Food Norwich will be planning along with our partners at Slow Food London and Olivaverde in 2014 will include a food fair at a well known hospital in Berkshire located near the world famous town of Windsor, this will be a celebration of local Berkshire and Buckinghamshire food producers and will include local cheeses, breads, honey and meats. But Norfolk producers are also interested in taking part and have confirmed to take part and we look forward to popular joint co operation with other Slow Food groups in this exciting food event.
The venue has been reserved, several producers have already confirmed and more details of the event will be available later in 2014 and we believe that this will be one of the highlights of our event calendar next year.
We will update this blog as the details of other exciting events unfold and we are looking forward to working with our many friends and also different partners in the coming year.