Bitesized in September

PUBLISHED: 09:39 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:39 13 September 2016

Scenes from the North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham Hall

Scenes from the North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham Hall

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Make the most of our food festivals this month to sample the lovely Norfolk harvest, says Judith Taylor, our voice of farming from Ludham

Scenes from the North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham HallScenes from the North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham Hall

Festivals of FOOD

I love September, albeit an extremely busy time on the farm - the corn harvest hopefully safely gathered in and the potato harvest well under way, along with preparing the ground for new croppings. It’s a very busy time in the Norfolk foodie world too with lots going on in Norfolk this month, including North Norfolk Restaurant Week (actually two weeks) – September 26 to October 9. This was launched in 2013 and has become north Norfolk’s largest dining event. Last year more than 38 restaurants and venues took part in this culinary celebration, all serving at greatly reduced prices over the fortnight – so don’t miss out. To find out more have a look at the website,

This year’s North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival takes place on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday 6, in the beautiful walled garden at Holkham Hall. An unmissable event for us local food lovers, it is now in its seventh year. Enjoy meeting a bigger than ever team of food and drink producers from Norfolk and trying their delicious wares at this fantastic event.

Judith’s book of the month

I remember when my daughter left to go to university a couple of years ago how worried I was that she would eat properly. Meal In A Mug by Denise Smart is a super little book which I spotted on a book shelf in a shop in Norwich the other day and thought how useful it would have been. All you need is a mug and a microwave, along with a handful of ingredients and a few basic utensils. The book has 80 recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner from spaghetti bolognese to goat’s cheese, basil and tomato quiche to golden syrup pudding – all made in a mug! Published by Ebury Press and priced £9.99, it is a must-have for any university fresher.

Perfection in a pot

Ali Barwick makes delicious award-winning marmalades and jams from her kitchen in Loddon. Season’s Bounty has been running since 2014 and since then has won two Great Taste Awards and 12 World Original Marmalade Awards – no mean feat! Ali is eager to source everything as locally as possible, including home-grown produce from her allotment. Ali’s preserves change with the seasons, hence Season’s Bounty.

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