Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Atessa Hoomani Maufe. I live and work on Branthill Farm, part of the Holkham estate. I work on the farm diversification businesses, mainly managing our glamping site, creating the branding for our plum orchard and managing the online side of our specialty beer shop on the farm.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m originally from Iran and have lived in London for a large part of my life. I previously worked in film and events and moved to Norfolk about six years ago to live on my husband’s family farm. I have two very young children which keeps things interesting. My big love, a very close second to my family, is food. Having been brought up in an Iranian household, food was everything and we always thought of what our next meal would be while eating our present one – and I have definitely kept up that tradition. I also absolutely love the sea so it’s very convenient that I ended up so close to it.
Do you have a particular area of responsibility at The Festival?
As part of the committee I manage the website and dip into the social media side of it. Importantly, I am in charge of making sure festival goers are well hydrated by running the bar.
Is there anything you’d like to see develop at The Festival?
There is such a rich variety of producers, from chutney makers to gin distillers, that it would be great to see the festival live beyond those two days of the year, so perhaps we could create an annual North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival cookbook where each producer contributes a recipe.
What Norfolk food and drink do you like?
I love to mix it up and cook food from different cultures, and I am so lucky to live in a place that has such amazing seasonal produce as well as local producers that make most of the spices and cupboard staples. Living near the sea, we eat a lot of seafood so Gurneys is definitely a popular spot for us. Buying homegrown vegetables from stands outside people’s houses in the area is such a nice thing to do, too. I also love Sidings – it’s wonderful for all things baked! I have to be biased and say that my favourite drink is Malt Coast Farm Table Pale Ale because my husband and brother-in-law brew it and it’s delicious.
Where do you like to eat out in Norfolk?
There are so many great places! To narrow it down to two, I’d say I love warm cosy pies from the Three Horseshoes in Warham, and a treat meal at Socius in Burnham Market.