Loving local

Vote for your local food hero

Produce from artisan local suppliers © National Trust

Produce from artisan local suppliers

The search is on and everyone can nominate a hero, whether it is their local pub, shop or neighbour who makes outstanding food or drinks with passion and enthusiasm.

People can vote online until 15 May 2015 or fill in any of the leaflets that are available at local businesses, cafés, pubs and shops across the county.

Category winners will be announced in the summer and the overall Championship and Individual Hero awards will be honoured at the next Aylsham Show on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015 at Blickling.

Loving local

Produce from artisan local suppliers © National Trust

Produce from artisan local suppliers

We're committed to supporting sustainably produced, local and seasonal food because it is better for the special places we look after, better for the environment and tastes better too.

We've had long associations with many of the businesses which feature on this page and, wherever possible, we source the finest home-grown and local produce for our three on-site cafes.

Meet the people behind the names and support Norfolk producers.

A fresh approach

Fresh Approach brings us quality fresh fruit and veg, from strawberries to squashes. Committed to sourcing the finest home-grown and local produce they've been feeding our hungry visitors for years.

Traditional butcher

G F White are well-known Aylsham butchers supplying beef farmed on the Blickling Estate by the Bambridge family. The cows help to maintain the diverse eco-system, used for grazing for over 300 years.

From farm to fork

We can see exactly where our meat has been raised with Farm to Fork © Rob Mutimer

We can see exactly where our meat has been raised with Farm to Fork

Swannington Farm to Fork are a multi award-winning rural farm business only eight miles from Blickling.

They sell a range of homemade meats and their animals enjoy the highest welfare standards. Pigs thrive on the grass-covered sandy soil on their farm while sheep and beef cattle graze the beautiful environmentally sensitive meadows of Swannington Beck, the cleanest tributary of the River Wensum.

Great taste in North Norfolk

Winner of Gold Great Taste Awards in 2011 , 2012 and 2013. © Ali Jubb

Winner of Gold Great Taste Awards in 2011 , 2012 and 2013.

Jubberwacky makes beautiful homemade jams, chutneys, mustards & lemon curd.

Owner Ali Williams lives in the heart of North Norfolk with her family and collection of rescued chickens, bees and two shaggy dogs. She goes to great lengths to source the finest ingredients, and believes in seasonality. Quite simply if a fruit or vegetable is not in season they do not use it.

Stonham Hedgerow

At Stonham Hedgerow,  they use only the finest fruits and vegetables and their own recipes. At Blickling, you'll find strawberry and raspberry jam and their popular Suffolk Chutney.

Traditional Italian icecream since 1898

The Parravani family has been making Italian ice cream in Norfolk & Suffolk since 1898.

They are still home-made and based on the original family recipe. All their cream and milk comes from local farms and all 40 flavours of sorbets and ice-creams are finished with a spoonful of Italian passion to make something special!

All about asparagus

Asparagus bunches.

Asparagus bunches.

The Crane family grow their asparagus south of Aylsham and market their produce as ‘Wood Farm Asparagus’ through local roadside stalls and to 70 different retailers and catering outlets in Norwich and north east Norfolk.

They aim to keep our local area fully supplied with asparagus through the short season, which runs from April to the end of June.

Here in Norfolk we're on the northern limit of the asparagus natural growing range. The cool easterly winds coming off the North Sea suppress early spring temperatures which largely determine asparagus growth. However, the light sandy soil around Aylsham is ideal because it drains very freely and warms up quickly in the spring.



Chocolate made in Gnawfolk

Scrummy homemade muffins © Staff/Montacute House

Having spotted a gap in the market for a fun-loving, engaging brand of high quality chocolate, Teri and Matt Legon embarked on a voyage down the chocolatey rivers of enterprise in 2011.

We're very proud to be stocking their range in our gift shop and regularly sample their treats - for research purposes of course!