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Source Local Produce And Reap The Benefits!

Date: 25/05/2011

Following on from a successful event at Beverley Tickton Grange in March, which attracted 105 delegates and created a great deal of enthusiasm to work together, the East Riding of Yorkshire Local Food Network (ERoYLFN) will be staging a local food and drink showcase / meet the producer event.

Following on from a successful event at Beverley Tickton Grange in March, which attracted 105 delegates and created a great deal of enthusiasm to work together, the East Riding of Yorkshire Local Food Network (ERoYLFN) will be staging a local food and drink showcase / meet the producer event.

This free, informal event taking place from 10.30am - 3pm on Tuesday, 10 May at Driffield Showground will offer an excellent networking opportunity for all local food businesses.

High quality, local food has become a key driver for many tourists when they are selecting a place to visit. Research by Visit Britain has shown that 76 per cent of tourists want the opportunity to taste traditional dishes, regional specialities and fresh local produce.

This event will help buyers to source distinctive local food and give their businesses a competitive edge.

They will be able to drop in at a time convenient to them and meet a range of the finest local producers in one day, in one place and sample their products. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to catch up with existing suppliers and find out about new ranges.

Local food and drink producers will have a fantastic opportunity to showcase their business and products and meet new buyer contacts, as well as it giving them the chance to meet up with regular customers.

It will be all systems go in the mobile demonstration kitchens as local chefs carry out cookery demonstrations and tastings throughout the day showcasing the fantastic produce available in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the surrounding area, inspiring hospitality businesses to try new, local, seasonal dishes to add to their menus.

David Nowell, food & beverage executive, Beverley Tickton Grange, and Acting Chair, East Riding of Yorkshire Local Food Network, said: "At Beverley Tickton Grange we have a real passion for using local wherever we can, discovering farmers, growers and producers at events like this. There is a real satisfaction in dealing with like-minded artisans who are as passionate about their product as we are about ours and local food enhances the visitor experience by connecting consumers to the area and its culture and heritage."

If you would like to attend this free event or find out more about the ERoYLFN, please contact Julia Soukup, local food development officer, on 01759 306624 or Julia.soukup@eastriding.gov.uk