Norfolk fare goes well with Pickles

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SOME of the country’s most powerful figures got a taste of Norfolk last week as part of a food extravaganza.

Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, and Anglia Farmers took the Norfolk Food Festival to the Houses of Parliament, showcasing some of the county’s finest produce.

Among those dropping in to sample the goods were MPs Eric Pickles, George Freeman, Keith Simpson and Norman Lamb.

Ms Truss called the event a success.

“Norfolk food has been the talk of Parliament. I am delighted that there has been such tremendous support from both Peers and Members of Parliament and staff,” she said.

Mr Pickles, sercretary of state for communities and local government, said: “This is a great enterprise. People go mad over Italian cheeses and French cuts of meat but here, right on our doorstep, is a little gem that rarely gets noticed.”

Producers set off from Norfolk at 4.30am to set out their stall at the Palace of Westminster.

Ms Truss said getting carving knives through security proved a challenge, but the day soon drew crowds.

Elveden Estate was among those present on the day.