Eat Exmoor Show and Guide put Local Produce at top of Exmoor menus
Two hundred local producers and food and hospitality business people from across the Greater Exmoor area met at the Eat Exmoor Food & Drink Trade Show at the Beach Hotel, Minehead last week.
At the event, organised by the Exmoor National Park Authority, chefs and business owners were treated to samples ranging from local beef and preserves to Exmoor distilled gin and ales. Business relationships were forged which should see an increase in the availability of local produce on menus and shop shelves throughout the region.
Eat Exmoor is an on-going project by Exmoor National Park and Visit Exmoor, supported by West Somerset Council. With the focus on achieving greater use and better promotion of local produce, it is hoped that Exmoor will become known as a great food destination. The project includes other foodie events such as the CareMoor for Exmoor Dining Club and complements other organisers’ initiatives such as the Exmoor Food Festival.
Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager at Exmoor National Park said “We now have a brand new range of business support material including a Local Food Marketing Toolkit, a Local Producers Database and an Eat Exmoor film which can be embedded into websites”. “Increased use of local produce benefits the area in so many ways with farming is at the heart of our breath-taking landscapes and local communities. Tourism is also important for our local economy and employment opportunities. We’re delighted that businesses are supporting this initiative.”
All the information can be accessed at www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/tourism or call 01398 323236 to speak with Katrina Munro. #EatExmoor is being used across social media platforms to promote great food and drink across the National Park.
Jennette Baxter, Development Manager for Visit Exmoor attended the trade day to launch the tourism body’s brand new Eat Exmoor Food & Drink Guide and website. Jennette said, “The Guide puts Exmoor on the map and is a great way for visitors to find out where to eat the best local produce. Businesses can collect copies for their guests from Exmoor National Park Centres in Lynmouth, Dulverton and Dunster or come to the Visit Exmoor AGM and Business Networking & Leaflet Exchange on 7th March at Wheddon Cross.” Email marketing@visit_exmoor.co.uk or visit www.buytickets.at/visitexmoor for full details.
Contact: Katrina Munro KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk 01398 323236
Photos:Thirty trade stands filled the show - Credit Julia Amies-Green Photography
Notes to editors:.
- Exmoor National Park is one of 15 National Parks in the United Kingdom and in 2011 was designated Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.
- Our news releases can be viewed online by visiting www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
- CareMoor for Exmoor is the Authority donation scheme for Exmoor National Park. It offers everyone who has been inspired by Exmoor an opportunity to contribute to the upkeep of the environment of the National Park and its future. Donations help fund Nature, Heritage and Access projects to keep Exmoor special. For more information visit: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/caremoor
Published: 22 February 2018
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