The weather won’t be the only thing sizzling this weekend – a Norwich pub will be cooking up a storm with a sausage and beer festival.

No fewer than 16 varieties of succulent sausages and almost 50 beers will tempt people to head into Ketts Tavern in Norwich for its Mayfest celebration.

Sausages such as pork with smoked chillies and paprika and pork with stilton and chives will be on offer for fans of bangers, while local breweries have provided dozens of beers to help wash them down.

Norfolk breweries Woodforde’s, The Fat Cat, Blackfriars, Norfolk Square, Tipples, Wolf, Humpty Dumpty and Buffy’s have beers which will be available during the festival, while the landlord’s recent visit to the Black Country brought back a selection of ales from the West Midlands.

Pig On The Wall, Waxie’s Dangle, Marmalade Cat, Winklepicker and Stumbling Badger are among the more unusual names of ales which will be available.

The popular pub, in Ketts Hill, kicked off its festival yesterday and has lined up a string of events up until next Sunday .

Kevin Hopkins, owner of the pub, said: “We’ve got 16 different types of sausages thanks to Thorpe Family Butchers in Yarmouth Road and we think bangers and beer go hand in hand with each other. It’s all local produce we use and that sits nicely with us as a community pub.

“We have got sausages ranging from the traditional Old English pork to sausages with paprika and sausages with olives. There’s also veggie ones!”

On Monday the pub will host a family fun day, which will also mark the opening of the new children’s area in the beer garden, while Thursday will see people get the chance to taste beers and sausages in a free tasting session at 8pm.

The Evening News’s Love Your Local campaign aims to encourage people to support their pubs by highlighting all that is good about them, including the positive impact they can have on the community.

In 1905 there were 363 pubs inside the city walls but there were only about 140 remaining in the whole of Norwich by the end of 2008.

The situation is so bad there are real fears the traditional pub, as we know it, could soon become extinct, a thing of the past.

Mr Hopkins said: “The term I use now is that we have become a pub which is event driven. It gives people a reason for the community to come out to us.

“They get the chance to enjoy themselves and spend a bit of money on what we offer, which is choice, value for money and entertainment.”

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