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Sweet treat as craft, food and chocolate fair is held at care home run by Lowestoft firm

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 February 2016

Crafts, food and chocolate fair at Brooke House Care Home. Margaret Sims from The Norfolk Truffle Company.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Crafts, food and chocolate fair at Brooke House Care Home. Margaret Sims from The Norfolk Truffle Company. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

Chocolate connoisseurs were in for a sweet treat as an inaugural fair was successfully held in the grounds of a Norfolk care home.

Crafts, food and chocolate fair at Brooke House Care Home.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYCrafts, food and chocolate fair at Brooke House Care Home. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A new artisan craft, food and chocolate fair took centre stage in the grounds of Brooke House care home in the village of Brooke on Saturday – and organisers were “thrilled” with the response.

Around 1,000 people turned out for the event with some travelling from as far as Cromer to browse the 25 stalls in attendance at the fair. And such was the success of the event, which ran in a marquee in the garden of the care home, that organisers are hopeful of arranging a similar event in the future.

Brooke House manager Laura Crowley said the fair was inspired by the chocolate heritage of the village.

She said: “It was amazing. This was the first fair we have organised, and we wanted to do something to celebrate the heritage while showcasing the local craftsman and women. Also, it was for the staff and the people who live in the care home to enjoy as well – while showcasing our facilities as well.”

Crafts, food and chocolate fair at Brooke House Care Home.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYCrafts, food and chocolate fair at Brooke House Care Home. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

With entertainment from The Gershwin Gang jazz duo and a local singer, there was also free face painting, balloon modelling and magic for children.

Brooke House, now run as a care home by Kingsley Healthcare, was built for a member of the Mackintosh chocolate family and eight decades on three craft chocolate makers have their roots in the village – with all represented at the fair.

One of them, Booja-Booja, handed out free samples to the first 500 visitors – which had all disappeared by the afternoon. There was also free tea and coffee provided by Brooke House staff, while Gnaw Chocolate and the Norfolk Truffle Company both had stalls.

The day also included a wood carver, silversmith, wood painter, potter, florist and more and the village pub, café and bakery were also present.

Mrs Crowley added: “We take up to 35 people at the care home and we have a team of about 40 staff. The residents and staff loved the day – from enjoying watching the 
marquee going up, to the entertainment and buying 
things from the stalls it was wonderful.

“We all thought it was absolutely brilliant and we would definitely like to do another one in the future.”


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