Wine and food fair is first and biggest of the year
South West's first and biggest wine and food fair of
the year promises to be even more of a highlight event this
year, according to organisers.
The invitation-only Cornwall Wine and Fine Food Fair is
taking place at St Mellion Golf and Country Club near Callington
in Cornwall on 21-22 February. Each year it attracts thousands
of people from the South West region's booming hospitality
industry, as wine and food buyers search for and find inspiration
for their new season menus and wine lists. It's also
hugely popular with individual wine and food enthusiasts.
There's been unprecedented demand for space in the food
hall, which is already fully booked by the best of Cornwall's
fine food producers with a growing waiting list, according
to joint organiser Cornwall Taste of the West, while Castang
Wine Shippers is compiling the most exciting collection of
wines to be showcased at the annual event yet. More than 300
fine wines from around the world will be available to be sampled,
including those tipped to be 'hot' for the coming
season's wine lists by UK wine experts.
"The feedback just gets better every year,"
says David Hearnden of joint organiser Castang Wine Shippers.
"This fair is unique in the region, and it's
become a real highlight for people in the trade looking to
innovate and inspire. It really opens people eyes to what's
available, as well as previewing the trends and tastes of
the new season."
Angie Coombs from Cornwall Taste of the West adds: "From
the feedback we get, we know that finding good ideas and suppliers
at this time of year gives hospitality businesses a definite
advantage. Local food has become a real selling point and
being able to meet such a range of local suppliers all in
one day is a great use of time and resources."
Visitors can book to attend master classes with wine expert
and broadcaster Stephen Barrett and Cornwall's only
cheese monger Stephen Gunn. Tickets for the event will be
sent out in January. To ensure your details are on the list
to receive a ticket, contact Cornwall Taste of the West on
01579 349363 or Castang Wine Shippers on 01503 220359.
For more information please contact Veronica Newport at npr
on 01363 866927 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Taste of the West project
through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria
Ford, at Government Office South West - 01752 635015 - before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Details of wines to be sampled and food exhibitors will be
available in the New Year.
Taste of the West in Cornwall is a £5 million Objective
One gateway project, funded by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), the Department for Food, Environment
and Rural Affairs (Defra) and private matched funding. It
is part of the Taste of the West regional food group. Taste
of the West's Cornwall project includes a trade development
programme, a marketing grant scheme and a capital grants scheme,
available to small and medium sized food businesses which
produce, sell or process foods in Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly. For more information log on to www.cornwalltasteofthewest.co.uk.
Castang Wine Shippers, based near Looe, is an independent
family business established in 1979. The company imports and
supplies wines and grape-based spirits to hotels and restaurants,
other merchants and an active private and corporate customer
base. David Hearnden has been involved in the wine trade for
38 years and runs the business with his wife Janet, two sons
Jonathan and Philip, and daughter in law Mel. The company
operates throughout South West England, and has accounts and
franchises in other areas of the country. Its portfolio of
wines expands annually with selections from wine areas throughout
the world. Many of the 400 wines listed are exclusive to Castang.
The long-term involvement with the wine trade enables the
family to provide a wide range of business skills, a comprehensive
service and sound advice to clients.
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