Food festival to include special pork focus

Porkstock, a new food festival coming to Norfolk, hopes to show attendees the best that pork has to offer.

Porkstock will take place on 27 September 2014, to coincide with Norfolk Food and Drink Festival. It will be held at Redwell Brewery in Norwich, and will offer festival-goers hands-on workshops, including sausage-, salami- and chorizo-making, barbecues, and a pork butchery masterclass.

The festival will be divided between the afternoon workshops and the evening knees-up when guests can sample street food recipes and beer from the Redwell Brewery. Organiser James Ellis hopes it will show visitors the versatility of pork, with recipes they can continue to make at home.

Ellis told meatinfo.co.uk that the concept started 10 years ago as a bit of fun with friends: Its a love of the meat. Pork is such a versatile and lovely tasting meat. Over the years we have done lots of exciting things and tried all sorts of weird and wonderful recipes, including learning to make our own salamis, chorizo and prosciutto ham. Every year we tried something different and wanted to invite other people to join us.

Ellis, a holiday cottage-letter by day, breeds his own pigs in Norfolk, which will be used for the festival: I do the whole thing, from picking and rearing piglets, taking them for slaughter, and the butchery, which is part of the experience.

Despite picking up butchery skills over the years, Ellis is on the hunt for a local butcher to deliver a butchery masterclass on the day.

Tickets for the day can be found at: www.porkstock.co.uk/tickets.

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