Norfolk food & drink event moves to Royal Norfolk Showground for 2017
Porkstock, Norfolk’s favourite family food event, has announced it is moving to a new venue for 2017. The award-winning festival, which celebrates everything that is fantastic about local food and drink, is taking over a corner of the Royal Norfolk Showground on Saturday October 14th 2017.
This is the fourth year that Porkstock has been a public event, having originally been started 14 years ago by a group of beer and barbeque-loving friends. The event is run entirely by a team of hard-working volunteers; with all profits going to a local charity. For the second year in a row, Nelson’s Journey, which supports bereaved children in Norfolk, will be the beneficiary. Plain Speaking PR Agency is really proud to be part of Team Pig.
There are two, very different, faces of Porkstock:
THE FREE DAYTIME FOOD FESTIVAL – 10am till 5pm
During the day Porkstock is a free family festival for food, music and fun-lovers of all ages. From handmade fudge to artisan cheese; delicious preserves and chutneys to locally produced wine, beer and spirits; passionate Norfolk producers will be sharing their love of great food and their commitment to great ingredients.
The cookery stage will once more be at the heart of the daytime event with demos and talks from some of the region’s leading chefs, butchers and restaurateurs as well as a few very special guests. The cookery demo stage is sponsored and co-ordinated by Porkstock patron Charlie Hodson, the founder of Charlie’s Food Heroes.
Daytime visitors to Porkstock will also be able to enjoy a fantastic selection of street food stalls, a real ale and Prosecco bar, lots of live music, a sausage eating contest, kids’ games and activities and lots of family fun.
THE EVENING KNEES UP – 7pm till midnight
As the sun goes down the Porkstock Party comes alive. This is an adult-only, ticketed event where music takes over from food as the main attraction.
With two party zones, the 2017 Porkstock Party is set to be bigger and better than ever before. There’ll be an array of live bands on the main stage to get even the coolest of cucumbers dancing. And now synonymous with Porkstock, the Gin Palace will be returning with an electro-swing extravaganza provided by the outstanding Tallulah and the Goodtimes Republic. Tickets for the evening knees up are on sale until 30th June 2017 at an early bird price of £20.
“Norfolk has an awesome range of fabulous food and drink producers and we’re delighted that so many of them will be joining us during the day at Porkstock 2017” explains Porkstock founder and one of the event team, James Ellis. “Visitors can sample an array of tastebud-tingling flavours and stock up their cupboards with exciting new products as well as grazing their way around the street food stalls and sampling some fantastic local beer, wine and soft drinks.”
“Porkstock 2016 was our best yet,” adds Ben Handford, fellow Porkstock organiser. “More than 3000 people came along to the daytime foodie festival, despite the rain, and we sold more than 1000 tickets for the evening knees up. Importantly we also raised more than £10,000 for Nelson’s Journey. This year we’ll have space for even more people and will be inviting more of the best street food sellers to come along to ensure we have plenty of food to fuel people throughout the evening.”
More than 50 volunteers helped with Porkstock last year. “We simply couldn’t make the event happen without our fantastic volunteers,” says James Ellis. “Whilst we pay our suppliers, none of the helpers or event team (apart from one part-time administrator) get paid. And our sponsors are the other key part of the puzzle. By supporting the event they basically underwrite the event costs; so once we have money in from ticket sales we can give most of that to our lovely charity Nelson’s Journey.”
To buy tickets for the Porkstock Evening Knees Up or find out about volunteering, sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities, please visit www.porkstock.co.uk.
For more information, interviews or photographs please contact Pippa Lain-Smith at Plain Speaking Agency
01603 487291 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Porkstock organising team is:
James Ellis, The Original Cottage Company
Ben Handford, Naked Marketing
Tom Ellis, The Original Cottage Company
Sarah Daniels, The Redcat Partnership
Pippa Lain-Smith, Plain Speaking PR Agency
Ken Venables, Signs Express Norwich
Jamie Archer, Archers Butchers