The Forgotten Food programme is an important element of the work that the Slow Food organisation in the four regions of the UK and also throughout the rest of the international Slow Food movement undertakes as an ongoing programme each year, and we in Slow Food Norwich and in East Anglia are pleased to be working with the owners of the Fire Pit Camp in Wendling Norfolk to hold the first major Forgotten Food Festivals in England. The Slow Food Norwich and Anglia Forgotten Food Festival will be held on Saturday June 6th in Norfolk and at the Rosewood Hotel in central London on Sunday 7th June as part of the events held in towns and cities throughout the UK as part of the annual Slow Food week. We are very excited to be holding these first events with the help and support of Rachel and Sarah from The Fire Pit Camp who are very active members of Slow Food Norwich. We worked closely with both of them last year when we held a joint Slow Food and Norfolk producer Festival at their beautiful venue in the small village of Wendling in central Norfolk and look forward to being involved with them again.

The Fire Pit Camp is a popular and well known venue in central Norfolk and it has quickly become a valuable asset to the local community in both Wendling and the surrounding villages and towns. Rachel and Sarah have been very supportive of the aims of Slow food in Norwich and East Anglia and the Fire Pit Camp are also one of the first Approved scheme members of Slow Food Anglia in Norfolk, which will was launched in March at a special promotional evening at Louis' Deli in Norwich. The prestigious and world famous Rosewood Hotel located in Holborn in central London are very supportive of the ideals that lie behind the Slow food ethos and now have a weekly Slow Food market on a Sunday, we at Slow food Norwich and Anglia are very pleased that the festival will be relocated to there from Norfolk on Sunday 7th June.

There are Forgotten foods in communities all over the UK, many types of food that were once common place and known and eaten by local people have in many cases have all but now nearly disappeared, In Norfolk alone Forgotten foods currently include a large range of fish, shellfish, beers, cheeses, breads, jams and meats and in other parts of the UK Slow Food has already many producers promoting and reintroducing Forgotten Foods listed on our central website. A typical Forgotten Food in Norfolk is the Norfolk Grey Chicken which can now be found being bred by enthusiasts near Fakenham, a picture of which is below. We are actively approaching local food businesses and also asking local people in all parts of the county to help us with finding these scare typically Norfolk foods and with this help Slow Food Norwich is hoping to trace many of these rare foods in the next few months before the Festival begins in June.

Members of Slow Food Norwich including Silvia our group deputy and secretary and Rachel and Sarah from the Fire Pit Camp are already active through Social media and networking with local producers with putting out the word about the aims of the Festival and for asking for news and help with tracing the forgotten Norfolk foods and recipes that have now nearly disappeared. the rosewood Hotel PR team are also very active in promoting the Festival in London and Norfolk and with them and our the network of groups and members of Slow Food in Norwich and East Anglia we hope to be able to make some if not all of these Forgotten foods much more available once again to the public, with this in mind we hope to further the revival of these fantastic Norfolk foods and drinks.