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Star studded line up for new food festival

A host of culinary and musical stars have been confirmed to take the stage at Great Yarmouth's up and coming food festival.

Chef Galton Blackiston

The Flavours event, which will run from March 25 to 27, will highlight the diverse cultures of food and drink the borough has to offer as well as offer entertainment in the form of live cooking demos and musical evenings. 

On Friday, March 25, local chefs from across the borough will done their whitest chef whites to battle it out to be crowned creator of the best fish finger sandwich in a 'Fish Finger Frenzy' competition. Fish fingers were made in Great Yarmouth for thirty years from their introduction to the UK by Birds Eye in 1955. A vote by factory workers saved them from a less-catchy proposed name of "battered cod pieces". The battle will start at 2.30pm at St George's Plaza on King Street.

Michelin-star chef and hotelier Galton Blackiston will kick off the cooking demos on Saturday 26 at 12.30pm, cooking up some delicious culinary delights at St George's Plaza. Afterwards, residents will have the chance to meet Galton and get signed copies of his latest cook book, Hook Line Sinker.

Following Galton, Norfolk chef patron Dan Smith will take to the stage at 2pm on Saturday and internationally experienced executive chef and restaurateur Michael Moore will display his skills at 12.30pm on Sunday 27.   

Evening entertainment will also be on offer within St George's Theatre over the weekend. 

On the Saturday, everyone is invited to drink in the Latin atmosphere with a live Latin band and cocktails, plus the chance to learn to dance Latino style with tutorials. The evening will kick off at 8pm, and tickets are £4.50 if pre-booked or £5 on the door.

Sunday evening will see soulful singer Andy Abraham and guests present an evening full of musical entertainment. Tickets are available from St Georges Box Office at just £10 per person, with all profits in aid of Harbour Radio.  Purchase your tickets at

There will also be free alfresco performances from the Rogue Shanty Buoys and a great line-up of local buskers for festival-goers to enjoy while they savour the food on offer from stallholders and local eateries.

Cllr Carl Smith, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: "We are really excited to confirm the stars for our entertainment line-up at our brand-new Flavours festival. There will be something for people of all ages and interests enjoy over the weekend."

Flavours will feature a pop-up food market on the piazza outside St Georges Theatre, and restaurants, cafes, and food stalls across the borough are offering discounts and special Flavours dishes over the weekend. 

Reprezent Project, a local community art organisation, will be providing free artistic, creative, and alternative cultural activities and workshops for all the family to enjoy. 

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Flavours is supported by ERDF and Welcome Back Fund.

Last modified on 21 June 2023

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