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02.09.05
From Field To Beach - The First 100% Cornish Organic Barbeque

A new range of Cornish organic meat makes its first appearance at the British Kite Surfing Association's (BKSA) Wave event competition at Watergate Bay, 9-11 September 2005. Spectators and kite surfers will be tucking into the first 100 per cent Cornish produced organic burgers and sausages at Watergate Bay from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September. Organic barbeques will be served from 11am – 4pm at the Extreme Academy during the event and this special catering has been arranged by Organic South West to mark National Organic Week. The entire meat process, from farm to plate, is now handled within Cornwall thanks to a newly certified meat processing plant, Kilhallon Quality Meat, in St Blazey set up by James Kittow.

Previously most organic livestock had to leave Cornwall for further processing so this new venture represents a huge economic step forward for organic livestock farmers in Cornwall and parts of neighbouring Devon. All the sausages and burgers at the event this weekend have been supplied by the Organic Livestock Farmers Cornwall and Devon (OLFCD), a farmer's cooperative, which now works closely with Kilhallon Quality Meat.

Martin Davies, technical adviser for Organic South West, who promote organic food and farming in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and supported the new processing plant said: "This is a new and exciting collaboration adding value to local products by keeping the entire process within the county. Normally OLFCD just sold livestock which then had to leave the county after slaughtering, for further processing in a certified organic cutting plant up country," continued Martin. "This often meant travelling up to the Midlands or even further afield for processing with the resulting meat products ending up for sale in multiple retailers losing its Cornish identity. Hopefully this new collaboration will result in more Cornish red meat staying in the South West and more profits going back to the local producers."

Peter Bayliss, general manager of OLFCD, based in Liskeard said: "We are delighted to finally be able to sell our meat as a 100 per cent Cornish product. Our members are proud of their livestock and welfare standards. We believe consumers want to know where their meat comes from and will buy these Cornish products with confidence in the future."

Organic South West is supporting the British Kite Surfing Association Wave event at Watergate Bay over the weekend of 9-11 September and is hosting an organic party on Saturday 10 September together with an organic cocktail bar and live entertainment. Call Claire Young at Watergate Bay on 01637 860543 or email events@watergatebay.co.uk for event enquiries and to book your place at the Saturday night party. Other events to celebrate Organic Week are taking place across the region between 3-11 September. Visit: www.organicsouthwest.org for a full listing or call Organic South West on 01208 78988.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Organic South West through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

For further information please contact Martin Davies at Organic South West on 01208 78988 or email: mdavies@soilassociation.org.

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Editor's notes:

Organic Week, organised by the Soil Association takes place from 3-11 September, starting with the Organic Food Festival on Bristol's Harbourside, 3-4 September where Cornish organic producers will be exhibiting.

For a full list of events across the region visit: www.organicsouthwest.org or see: www.soilassociation.org.

The kite surfing event takes place from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September with all rides in the competition filmed by legendary film guru Sean Nolan - edited highlights will be shown on Saturday evening and judged by the riders at the event party. Sunday will be a rollover day in case of slack wind and waves on Friday/Saturday.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of watersports including windsurfing, wakeboarding and surfing, kite surfing combines these influences to create the newest and fastest growing extreme sport on the water. Competitors in this new series can use any kit (surfboard - strapped/ unstrapped, skimboard, twin tip, mutant) but the emphasis is on fun and riding waves. Style, length of ride, wave size and manoeuvres will all be taken into consideration in the judging. Classes include amateurs, pros, women's & juniors

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ORGANIC WEEK

Images of last year's Organic Food Festival, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, and of organic food and farms, are available from www.soilassociation.org/images.

Press release issued and distributed on behalf of Organic South West by Emma Parkin, PR and Media. Tel. 01392 490009 or email: em.parkin@blueyonder.co.uk.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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