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Save the Date - Produced in Northumberland Trade Event

PRODUCED IN NORTHUMBERLAND

 Are you a business or organisation who uses food & drink as part of your  business activity?  EG food & drink producers, chefs, hospitality & catering, retailer, accommodation businesses, school catering, procurement, food service, food & drink writers, event organisers……

This event could increase your business!
 
A Celebration of Food & Drink ‘Produced in Northumberland’ Trade Event will be held at Morpeth Town Hall on Tuesday October 4th from 9.30am until 3.00pm.

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The aim is to raise the profile & provenance of Northumberland  food & drink and create a region of distinctive, speciality foods which will attract visitors and locals alike.

•    Taste some delicious samples of locally produced food & drink while you network with businesses from around the region.
•    Be inspired by the range of bite sized nougats of information and best practice from successful local businesses.
•    Participate in a cornucopia and collaboration of ideas session led by Malcolm Gallagher , Bizvision, which will be available on line, post the event.
•    Access specialist advice on funding opportunities/  allergens / marketing opportunities/ trade events…
•    Learn more about the` Produced in Northumberland` verification scheme and its marketing benefits

From the event we hope to create a core of interested businesses who will help us to develop a Northumberland Food & Drink Charter for 2917 and to take the industry forward. 

The Economic Impact of food tourism in Northumberland in 2014 was £276 (30.1% of the total spend) which is highly significant and there are lots of opportunities for growth in this sector.
meadFor further information please contact:
Dawn 01670 624766  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or Ken  01670 623794  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can book your free tickets by visiting: 

http://bit.ly/ProducedinNorthumberlandEvent

Please note there will be a £3 charge for a lunchtime sausage or cheese butty (locally produced) payable on the day


 

 


 

It is being jointly organised by the County Council’s Public Health Protection Unit and the Tourism Development section of Active Northumberland who are working together on the verification scheme. The scheme will not only raise the profile of the many rich and varied local food and drink products, but also raise the confidence of purchasers that the goods they are buying genuinely come from the county.

 

Tourism is one of Northumberland’s most important industries and the food and drink business is worth an estimated £276 million (in 2014) to the economy of the county.  Money is spent by visitors on overnight stays and holiday breaks at hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, self-catering establishments; on eating out in restaurants, pubs, cafes and coffee shops; and on purchasing products made by local producers and sold through outlets in visitor destinations including award-winning farm shops.

 

From Marlish Waters to Lindisfarne Mead and Kitty’s homemade ginger wine; Doddington dairy’s cheese and ice cream; Kenspeckle confectionaries from Lynemouth; the ‘Mad Jam’ woman’s preserves and chutneys; artisan breads, delicious cakes and pastries; to beef and lamb raised and reared on the farms of Northumberland to name but a few suppliers who are producing delicacies and good old-fashioned, tasty food around every corner of the county.

 

By signing up to the verification scheme producers and retailers, as well as hospitality providers who can prove they are using local produce on their menus, are able to promote themselves as being part of the ‘Produced in Northumberland’ brand. 

 

“In Northumberland we are blessed with having so many wonderful people producing food and drink of the very highest quality and we need to celebrate and promote that, not just to visitors but to local people as well,” commented Councillor Val Tyler, County Council cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture.

 

“One way to do that is to get as many as producers, suppliers and retailers as possible signed up to the ‘Produced in Northumberland’ brand so they can display our logo in their premises and on their own publicity material.  These days more and more people want to know where the food and drink they are consuming comes from and when they see our branding they can rest assured that it has been verified as having being produced virtually on their own doorsteps.

 

“We know that it helps businesses increase their income and even create more jobs in the our tourism and hospitality sectors in Northumberland.”

 

Any businesses interested attending the Morpeth Celebration of food & drink ‘Produced in Northumberland’ event should contact Dawn Goodwill-Evans on (01670) 624766 or Ken Henderson on (01670) 623794.

Or you can book your tickets by visiting http://bit.ly/ProducedinNorthumberlandEvent
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