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Three reasons to visit…Norfolk

Fancy a trip out east this summer? We certainly do, and here’s why:

Hot heads take note: 2014 is the 200th anniversary of Colman’s Mustard. What better place to celebrate than at the company’s mustard emporium? We’d maybe give the mustard chocolate a miss, though.

This summer is also the 10th anniversary of the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival. Running from 30 August to 12 October, this six-week marathon plays host to myriad festivals within a festival, one of them being the Big Onion, an homage to the common onion that’s set to embrace everything from allium-based cookery demos to a ‘biggest homegrown onion’ competition.

And a base for the weekend? Cartshed Cottages, near Holt, come with bespoke, hand-built kitchens geared up for cooking everything you might gather at the area’s delis, farm shops, bakers, butchers and fruit farms.

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A (new) tour of Yorkshire

Some things are meant to be. Like the news that Yorkshire food trail company, Yorkshire Food Finder, and neighbouring holiday operator, Inntravel (long an olive favourite), have joined forces to create a new food trip that celebrates the best of Yorkshire’s pantries and panoramas.

Combining the former’s local networks of food producers and chefs with the latter’s passion for great walking and lovely independent hotels, the four-night breaks include behind-the-scenes tours of artisan producers as well as meals cooked by the likes of Andrew Pern of the Star Inn at Harome, Peter Neville of the Pheasant Hotel and Craig Atchinson at The Talbot Hotel (creator of the rhubarb panna cotta pictured above).

The new trips kick off next month but you can sign up as soon as you like here.