Food Focus - June 2018

Published: Monday 11th Jun 2018

Written by: Georgia Dawson

Each month we’re delighted to provide a focus on the wonderful produce that makes Norfolk such a special foodie place. We are proud to be welcoming our friends at Feast Norfolk Magazine and Proudly Norfolk as guest writers. This month's feature is below or you can read the entire article here...


Tell us a little about the evening on July 6

The Patron’s Gala Dinner is a fabulous evening of mouth-watering food prepared by our four patrons, chefs and restauranteurs, Richard Hughes, Richard Bainbridge, Nick Mills and Chris Coubrough. Furthermore, it will take place in the wonderful surroundings of Norwich Cathedral Close, as the evening will be held in a marquee in the grounds of Norwich Lower School, overlooked by the majestic Norwich Cathedral. 

How many years has it been going?

This is the second time we have hosted such a dinner, the firs time being in 2016. We hope that it might become a biennial event for Norfolk Food and Drink but its success is entirely dependent on the incredible support it has received. This year we are so lucky to have been sponsored by fantastic business Norwich Cosmetic Clinic, and Norwich School have generously supported us by giving us the fabulous venue. In addition, all wines have been sponsored by NW Brown and we have also had support form Creative Sponge and Redmonds Luxury Print. Our superb cheese have all been donated, along with chutney from Candy’s Chutney and coffee from Javabean and flowers from English Peonies. As if this wasn’t enough, The English Whiskey Company has kindly donated a bottle of Nelstrops PX Port for every table!

What’s the idea behind it?

Norfolk Food and Drink is a not for profit organisation, which has been running for 14 years and offers free advice and support to the county’s food and drink industry. We receive no public funding or grants for the work we do so out future is dependent on our incredible sponsor and any fuds we are able to raise. So the Patron’s Gala Dinner is aimed at raising awareness and funds foe the work we do.

Who is providing the food?

We have canapes created by Chris Coubrough of Flying Kiwi Inns; the started prepared by Richard Bainbridge, Chef Proprietor of Benedict’s Restaurant; the main course from Chris ‘Buzz’ Busby and the team as Brasted’s; and dessert created by Richard Hughes, Chef Proprietor, The Assembly House Norwich and owner of Richard Hughes Cookery School, and Kate Barmby, Champion of Norfolk Food and Drink.

What can we expect to eat?

Where possible, the food has been locally sourced and whilst we don’t want to give the menu away, we can confirm guests will be enjoying Thornage Hall potatoes, Norfolk Quail, and local fruit and veg, as well as a magnificent cheese board consisting of Baron Bigod, Fielding Cottage, Mrs Temple’s Norton’s Dairy and Ferndale.

Anything else we need to know?

Throughout the evening, guests will have each course introduced to them by the patrons, along with a wine pairing masterclass from the team at Adnams. In addition, there will be live music and entertainment from Tommy Winn; and an auction of incredible prizes, many with a food and drink theme, hosted by Chris Bailey!

How can we get tickets?

Tickets are £100 per person and include an Adnams drink at reception with G&T and fizz, a three course meal, all wines courtest of NW Brown, a cheese board, Port and coffee. For details on how to book, please contact Anna Stevenson, Coordinator for Norfolk Food and Drink, email

Most importantly – what should I wear?

Black tie – this event is not the night to hold back, so get out the glitz!

Georgia Dawson
Georgia Dawson



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