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Sausage aplenty at Norfolk Food Festival

George samples a sausage from Icarus Hines Butchers

Our resident dragon George loves to get out and about in the city of Norwich, supporting local events and businesses. And just like many of us, he loves food and drink! However, being a dragon, his food is mostly served unintentionally flame grilled! So, George headed to The Forum, the venue for the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.

The popular, not for profit festival was set up in 2004 as Norfolk Food and Drink Festival and due to its success it was rebranded in 2015 to Norfolk Food and Drink Limited. More information can be found on the food and drink website, www.norfolkfoodanddrink.com.

Inside The Forum, was an array of stalls boasting a range of delicious food and beverages. From cheeses and chutneys to teas and tempting chocolate brownies there were many treats to get your taste buds going! Cooking demonstrations were also provided by Charlie Hodson and Steve Thorpe. George had fun with his PA Debs at the Selfie Station provided by one of the event sponsors, Couzens-Hardy Solicitors.


George enjoys a cookery demo and his friends Claire and Antony

George is too young to indulge in beers and ales from Southwold brewery, Adnams, although he did have a quick rest in their beer garden, he enjoyed listening to electric violinist, Alison Sparrow and watching two members of the public who provided and impromptu display of dance!


George at Norfolk Food festival at The Forum, Norwich

The real crowd puller was the battle of the bangers, where 8 butchers battled it out to win the title of best banger! They provided sausage samples and were put to the public vote simply by way of a taste test and score card.

Highlight of the day for George was meeting some of the fire-fighting crew from Norfolk Fire Service! After all, it is important to have fire fighters nearby when there is a fire-breathing dragon in the vicinity!


George with Papworth's Butcher, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and a Ben Burgess Tractor

Looking forward to sampling more tasty cuisines in 2017!

If you would like George to come along to your event please do get in touch with his PA, Debs Whomes on 01603 729792 or email debs@esedirect.co.uk.




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Event and Festival Safety Guide

Festivals and organised events are fun filled days out for all ages, but whilst you are sitting back eating ice cream listening to Taylor Swift, think about the team keeping you safe and the huge amount of planning and organisation that goes into such events.

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What to think about, and your responsibilities as an Event Organiser

So you want to organise an event, whether that is a musical event or arts festival you will have to think about and take ownership of certain responsibilities, this will include; 
  • The overall responsibility for your workers, contractors working at the event and of course the public/your audience. 
  • All health and safety procedures implemented to ensure total safety throughout the duration of the event/festival.
So now you know who you are responsible for, how do you start to implement a good health and safety plan for your event. 

Things to think about will be: 
  • How big the event is 
  • How big the audience will be 
  • Location of the event/festival 
  • Duration of the event/festival 
What time of the day and year the event/festival is going to be held. It’s always beneficial to share these duties with someone or a team, as you can’t be everywhere at once. 

Once you have thought about the above and worked out what you need resource wise you can turn that information into a workable safety plan. 

The best way to do this is by completing a thorough risk assessment. 

These steps should be completed with the co-operation of the venue/site owners and local authority as well as any contractors that you have coming in to help with the event. 

It is also imperative to have emergency plans in place just in case anything goes wrong (which hopefully it won’t and everyone will rave about your event for years to come!).

The health and safety responsibilities of a Site/Venue Owner

If you are the owner of a great site/venue that an organiser is coveting for their event/festival there are some things to bear in mind before agreeing. 

As mentioned in the previous section there is shared responsibility between the event organiser and the site/venue owner when events or festivals are put on. 

Both parties should be working hand in hand to ensure that a manageable safety plan is implemented and that proper emergency plans are in place. 

The plan should clearly outline: 
  • The respective responsibilities of both the event organiser and the venue owner. 
  • Make sure safety information is shared and highlighted. 
  • Any equipment at the venue is safe and working up to standard. 
You can find a useful checklist of things to consider on the hse.gov.uk website which will give you a good starting point.

What are your duties and responsibilities as a Volunteer?

One of the best things about an exciting festival or event is that you will get a bucket load of people wanting to volunteer. 

But it worth noting that a volunteer working for an event organiser will not have duties under the health and safety at work act 1974, apart from not misusing or interfering with items that are provided specially for health and safety. 

If you are a group of volunteers planning an event, you may find the gov.uk’s guide to organising and running an event helpful. 

You can also find more in depth information on event safety on the hse.gov.uk’s website, covering duties of a contractor supervisor and voluntary organisation.

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