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Huge crowds enjoy best of food and drink at Porkstock event

PUBLISHED: 11:02 15 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 15 October 2017

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Visitors enjoying the event.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Visitors enjoying the event. Picture: Nick Butcher

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What started out as a group of friends getting together to enjoy their love of good food and a pint has now grown and grown into an annual event.

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Picture: Nick ButcherThounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Picture: Nick Butcher

Porkstock, now in its fourth year, brings together the best names from the food and drink world in Norfolk.

One of the founding members was James Ellis, 38, he said: “It has clearly been the best year we have ever had. It all started as a bunch of mates having a barbecue, we were all quite foody and we got into cooking with bacon and sausages.

“We loved cooking it so much we got into rearing our own pigs and butchering. After ten years of doing that it grew to something we wanted to open to the public and for charity.”

The celebration is run completely by volunteers for non-profit. All the money raised go towards children’s charity Nelson’s Journey.

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Picture: Nick ButcherThounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Picture: Nick Butcher

“The idea is to celebrate all things Norfolk, all things food and raise some money for charity,” he added.

On offer at the event were countless food vendors and bars with fun events including Chicken poo bingo, sausage eating contests and live music.

There were a number of live cooking demonstrations from the region’s top chefs including Kate Barmby and patron of Pork Stock, Charlie Hodson.

Mr Hodson said: “This year we broke the expectations for the amount of people we expected.

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Kate Barmby demonstrates her cookery skills.
Picture: Nick ButcherThounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Kate Barmby demonstrates her cookery skills. Picture: Nick Butcher

“It is amazing for us to celebrate as we love pork, beer and local provenance.

“But also our friends, originally we started with 10 volunteers and now we have more than 100.

“Doing it for free shows people still have a real passion for all things Norfolk.”

The stock is split into two halves. In the day there were food stalls and events but by night the Norfolk Showground was turned into a classic ‘Knees Up’ with live music, several bars and the “world’s first” Electro-swing Jazz Gin Palace.

Thounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Evie Whiskin,2, enjoys the barrel rolling.
Picture: Nick ButcherThounsands of people attended the 2017 Porkstock event at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Evie Whiskin,2, enjoys the barrel rolling. Picture: Nick Butcher

Carol Bundock, patron for Nelson’s Journey, said: “This is a wonderful way to raise money and above all have a good time. We are a Norfolk charity and this is a Norfolk event.

“We have had a lot of interest in the charity and we are all about bringing smiles to the faces of bereaved children and there are a lot of smiles here.”

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