As a famously rural county, Norfolk boasts a huge variety of local produce for you to enjoy. Farmers' markets and food festivals are some of the best ways to see just how vast the array of Norfolk produce is. Whether you're looking for raw ingredients to cook up your own delight, or ready-to-eat masterpieces, Norfolk has something for everyone. We have selected five of the best farmers' markets and food festivals in Norfolk for you to try out!
Sandringham Farmers' Market
You will be spoilt for choice at Sandringham Farmers' Market, which takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am to 3pm at Sandringham Visitor Centre. Farmers here will be offering their local meat, as well as a delicious range of fresh fruit and vegetables, and local fishmongers will be offering their latest catches. As well as plenty of other locally-made treats, there will also be home-made cakes to buy! Entry is free, so it is definitely worth a look around!
Fakenham Farmers' Market
Fakenham Farmers' Market takes place between 8am and 12pm on the fourth Saturday of each month, which makes a browse around the food on offer a perfect Saturday morning activity. If you're looking for locally produced, organic farm produce then this is the market for you. Many of the stall holders at Fakenham farmers' market also offer a range of seasonal goods, so it's a great place to find a present for your loved ones!
North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival
The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival is held over two days in September (2018 date to be announced) at Holkham Hall. Set in the Hall's Walled Garden, 2018 will be the 9th consecutive year that the festival has ran for. The festival is open from 10am to 4pm and entry is free, meaning everyone can enjoy the opportunity to buy a whole range of different Norfolk produce, ranging from meat and beer to chocolates and much more. There are also cake competitions and cookery demonstrations over the course of the festival, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Creake Abbey Farmers' Market
This award-winning farmers' market takes place between 9.30am and 1pm on the first Saturday of every month (excluding January) and hosts more than fifty local producers. There really is something for everyone at Creake Abbey, with treats ranging from meats to pickles, to pies and fudge and everything in between. Occasionally, there will be live music and demonstrations at Creake Abbey farmers' market, making it an event not to be missed!
Cromer Crab and Lobster Festival
Perhaps Norfolk's most famous cuisine, there's no better place to taste Cromer Crab than at the Cromer Crab and Lobster Festival, which is held at Evington Gardens in Cromer. This annual festival will take place 19th-20th May this year and features cookery demonstrations, crabbing competitions and even a crab sandwich competition! It's not just about crab and lobster, though, there are plenty of other North Norfolk produced foods to try and purchase, such as honey, breads and condiments.
The best thing about visiting Norfolk farmers' markets and food festivals is that you get to sample some of the country's most delicious produce at the same time as supporting local farmers and independent businesses, so you really have nothing to lose!