Best Food Festivals in Norfolk

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Eating is one of our favourite pastimes! We love to discover new restaurants and new foods. One of the best ways to do this is by going to a food festival.

Luckily there are several food festivals in Norfolk every year. In this post, I will share the best ones.

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Best Norfolk Food Festivals

Foodies have plenty of choices when it comes to food festivals in Norfolk. Some events focus on a specific food or cuisine, while others have a more diverse offering. Many focus on local produce and businesses.

Keep in mind, most food festivals in Norfolk happen during the warmer months as they take place outdoors. During November and December, you can find plenty of food at the various Christmas markets in Norfolk.

These are family-friendly events so feel free to bring the kids. A few (as mentioned below) also allow dogs.

Living Heritage Food, Craft and Wood Festival at Sandringham

When: End of April / Early May

The whole family can enjoy live music, craft demonstrations, along with plenty of food and drink! There will be an extended food market offering a selection of fine foods, wines and spirits from local and national food producers.

You can also try out some specialist street food vendors and watch cookery demonstrations. There will also be a variety of live music performances including jazz bands and solo artists along with craft demonstrations too.

Save on admission by purchasing tickets in advance.

Get more information here.

Norwich Vegan Parkfest

When: May

The Vegan Parkfest returns to Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich after its hugely successful debut in 2022. You can expect a huge variety of vegan street food vendors, artisan bakers, craft brewers, ethical jewellers, sustainable chandlers, local artists, zero-waste champions, environmental charities and much more.

There is no entry charge and well behaved dogs are allowed at the event.

Get more information here.

Crab & Lobster Festival

When: May

This festival celebrates the sea-faring heritage of Cromer and Sheringham hasn’t taken place since 2019. Now that the pandemic is behind us, it is coming back for 2023, but only in Cromer.

It begins with the Grand Opening Variety Concert at the Pier Pavilion Theatre in Cromer and also includes heritage demonstrations, a street market, a cookery theatre, live music, street performers, crafts and activities for the kids, an art trail, and the Scrumptious Seafood Trail which includes lots of local restaurants, cafés, and pubs.

Get more information here.

Reepham Food Festival

When: May

The Reepham Food Festival takes place in the Market Square and the Secret Garden with a wide range of local food and drink producers. Plus, schools, farms and other organisations will be joining in so there will be lots to do and see for all the family. You will be able to try new food and get ideas and tips from experts.

Get more information here.

Wymondham Food & Drink Festival

When: June

After a successful inaugural event in 2022, it looks like the Wymondham Food and Drinks Festival will be returning. It takes place in the Market Place and surrounding streets where you will find local culinary delights and entertainment. It is a great way to support independent traders.

Get more information here.

Haha Farm Food & Drink Festival

When: July

After starting a successful pumpkin patch in 2020, Haha Farm decided to diversify further and start a Food Festival in 2022. It features live music, local producers and street food vendors.

Haha Farm is located a short distance from the A47 near Brundall. Parking is free, but there is a small entrance fee. Dogs are welcome.

Get more information here.

Magic of Thailand

When: July

This is more than just a food festival, you get to experience an authentic taste of Thai culture in Eaton Park in Norwich. You can enjoy delicious Thai street food and beer, try Thai massage, browse arts and crafts, watch traditional Thai dances, Muay Thai demonstrations, Ladyboy shows, and the hilarious ‘I’m British, Get me out of here’ eating competition.

There is an entrance charge for adults but children 15 and under go free.

Get more details here.

North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival

When: September

The Walled Garden at Holkham makes for the perfect setting for this huge celebration of all the amazing food grown, reared, caught, made or sold in North Norfolk. Expect to find a wide range of tasty food and drink including freshly baked bread, delicious pork pies, real ale, local spirits, and more.

There is no charge to enter the festival, but you do have to pay for parking. Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on leads at all times.

Get more information here.

While you are in the area, why not also visit one of the largest beaches in Norfolk. Check out our complete guide to Holkham Beach.

Norwich Foodies Festival

When: September

Earlham Park in Norwich hosts a weekend-long celebration of leading chefs, tasty food, delightful drinks, and live music. They also have special activities for kids. Save on admission by getting tickets in advance.

Get more information here.

Norfolk Restaurant Week

When: November

While not your typical food festival, I have included Norfolk Restaurant Week on this list because it is an event that foodies will not want to miss. It’s a good opportunity to check out Norfolk’s vibrant culinary scene.

During Norfolk Restaurant Week (which actually lasts for more than one week), participating restaurants offer their usual high standard of food, but at an incredibly tempting price. In the past, places like the Brancaster White Horse, Hoste Arms, Dabbling Duck, Byfords, The Victoria, Bishops and the Globe Inn have joined in.

The Restaurant Week menus are available Monday to Friday only. You won’t need any passes, tickets or vouchers, simply book your table directly with your chosen restaurant and mention Norfolk Restaurant Week.  It’s best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Get more details here.

Food Events in Norfolk

As you can see there are several food festivals that happen annually in Norfolk. There are also other events where food (especially street food) plays a big role.

You can expect to find lots of tasty treats at the carnivals in Norfolk, many of the Bonfire Night celebrations, some of the music and beer festivals, the Royal Norfolk Show and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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