Eat & Drink Norfolk
by Festival Nomad Correspondent, Wendy Brick
"The following article is from our new Festival Nomad Correspondent, Wendy Brick. Wendy is the publicity “goddess” at the Norfolk County Fair. She had invited Judi and I to attend their annual “Eat & Drink Norfolk” and unfortunately we had to decline. We had a family birthday to attend. So I had the “brilliant” idea to ask Wendy to “cover it” for us. To my delight she accepted and her article follows."
The Place To Go!
Eat & Drink Norfolk, scheduled for Friday April 12th and Saturday April 13th, 2013, has quickly established itself as ‘the place to go’ in Norfolk County for the finest and widest selection of foods and beverages. With close to forty different food producers, restaurants, wineries, and breweries, all from within or close proximity to Norfolk County, it’s a great way to ‘nibble and nosh’ your way around the County, all under one roof. Each of the exhibitors is proud to showcase samples of their fine culinary products to the many who attend Eat & Drink Norfolk.
A total of 2500 people attended the show, with 48,201 tasting tickets purchased and redeemed at the many exhibitors offering samples. Both the attendance and tasting ticket sales showed a large increase from the previous year. The average number of tickets redeemed at each booth was 1506, with the top selling exhibitor taking in 4846 tickets. 80% of all tasting ticket sale revenue is being returned to the exhibitors, with the other 20% going to the Norfolk County Agricultural Society to cover show expenses, and as a fundraiser.
The 2013 Event...
Eat & Drink Norfolk opens on Friday April 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Aud at Norfolk County Fairgrounds, and continues on Saturday April 13th, from noon until 10:00 p.m.
Admission is $9 with tickets available at the door, and everyone attending the Show gets a free wine glass to try the many samples, plus to keep as a souvenir, or if you would like to donate your glass back to the event, we have an amazing incentive to do so! All you have to do is fill out a ballot for a chance to win a BBQ, compliments of Canadian Tire.
Tasting tokens for trying the many sample sized goodies at Eat & Drink Norfolk are available for $1 per token. Most food and beverage items are priced at 1 to 4 tickets depending on the item
On the Saturday from noon until 3:00 p.m., a special promotion offering 2 for 1 admission is available.
Changes for 2013...
We are changing the layout slightly this year allowing more room to sit, relax and enjoy live musical entertainment and local celebrity chefs appearing on stage throughout the Show. We have an amazing silent auction scheduled for both days of the event. As well we are offering the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for only $2 for a chance to WIN a Gazebo compliments of Canadian Tire valued at $1,000
Be sure to circle the date for Eat & Drink Norfolk on your calendar for Friday April 12th and Saturday April 13th, 2013 at the Aud at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds, Simcoe.
Must be 19 years of age or older to attend.
We wouldn’t be able to put on such a great event without the participation of our Exhibitors, and Entertainers, the help and dedication of our Volunteers and of course the support we receive from our valued Sponsors.