Circus of Tastes…

The event was a collaboration between Hales Hall’s owner, Helen Johnston, and her friends, Marwan Badran Food Artist & Masterchef, founder of Mouth.Events, & Annie Nichols founder of Hot Meals Now.

Bounce Magazine popped along to the event to see over 20 food and drink producers from Norfolk and Suffolk coming together, enabling guests to discover the flavours of East Anglia… and we were blown away with the standard.

The Taste Circus concept was to create a community of food and drink producers that share similar beliefs. Each producer shared a stand and collaborative taste story with another and hence performed a taste sensation that belongs to both producers.

For example, Dominic from Yare Valley Oils and Jonathan at Fen Farm, impressed us by teamining up, mixing their deliciously flavoured Rape Seed Oils with Homemade Brie, a match made in heaven!

We were served cocktails and mocktails made by Chambers Cocktail Company from Norwich:

Pinky Blinders made with Wild Knight Vodka, homemade raspberry syrup, Chambourd, soured hibiscus and lemon juice, as well as, Highlines made with English Whisky, Blackdown elderberry port, Dolin Rouge and

blackberry syrup. Hedgerow made with soured hibiscus, blackberry syrup, fresh lemon juice and soda. It was the perfect welcome through the door!

Also served, was sparkling Horatio wine from Chet Valley Vineyard and wines from all the other vineyards present.

Lunch was a celebration of local ingredients prepared by Marwan Badran and his team, a warming cassoulet featuring British-grown beans, peas and barley from Hodmedod and pork and chorizo from Marsh Pig.

“Such a great celebration of Norfolk and Suffolk produce” said one guest, while another said “What impressed me about the Circus of Taste was that the actual producers were there – they often send, on these occasions, a junior representative. The stories of their journeys were fascinating.

Third generation Suffolk baker, David Wright of The Cake Shop Bakery said: “It was such a great event. Everyone was so friendly and the atmosphere was really wonderful.

While award-winning cheese maker Julie Cheyney creator of St Jude’s cheese said “I really enjoyed meeting so many new people from both sides of the counter”.

Hales Hall is the perfect venue for a magical wedding, private party or special event for up to 200 people or a relaxed weekend in the countryside.

The Hall and accompanying Cottage, Gatehouse and Garden Rooms can accommodate 25+ guests for luxurious holidays for large groups.

An Adventure in Taste was the first in a series of collaborations with Mouth.Events to celebrate local food and drink.

Mouth.Events a culinary and artistic collaborative that curates togetherness through food-based performances holds regular ‘shows’ at Hales Hall and other venues.

Guests can either commission them to put on a bespoke event or attend one of the scheduled events. There will be a programme of events throughout the summer at Marwan’s Chateau Engalin in South-West France.

The next one to be held at Hales Hall will be in winter 2018 when we will welcome the public to A Circus of Taste.