Taste challenge for local food
you taste the difference? That's the question visitors to
the Women's Food and Farming Union (WFU) Food and Farming
Marquee at this year's Royal Cornwall Show will be asked as
part of a local food 'Taste Challenge'.
Each morning of the show some of Cornwall's top produce
will be cooked up alongside leading supermarket equivalents.
Show goers will be invited to blind taste both and state which
Cornish Early new potatoes from the far west of Cornwall
and organic Red Devon beef from South East Cornwall are just
two of the products that will be pitted against popular supermarket
brands in the blind tastings.
"We're confident our local and organic food will win
hands down," says Angie Coombs of Taste of the West Cornwall,
"but we think some shoppers will be surprised at the taste
difference. Many people will never have compared local food
and supermarket equivalents side by side before. Hopefully
it will convert lots of people to source more of their weekly
The Taste Challenge will take place for an hour each morning
from 10am in the WFU Food and Farming Marquee, which continues
to grow in popularity with both exhibitors and show goers.
The energy and enthusiasm of the Women's Food and Farming
Union, which organises the marquee, has this year led to a
50% growth in floor size to accommodate the growing number
of food producers wishing to exhibit there.
This year Taste of the West Cornwall and the Soil Association
Organic South West have come together to present food theatre
in the WFU Food and Farming Marquee. Leading Cornish chefs
will be taking part in three live demos every day, when they
will be cooking up a storm using local and organic produce
for show goers to watch and taste.
Food theatre timetable:
Thursday 8th June
11.00am – Nik Tinny, Saffrons Restaurant, Truro
1.00pm – Richard McGeown, Couch's Restaurant, Polperro
3.00 pm – Kevin Viner, Viner's Restaurant, Summercourt
Friday 9th June
11.00am – Ben Bass, Old Quay House, Fowey
1.00pm – Steve Pitt, The Royal Oak, Lostwithiel and
Jo Lado, The Palate Cafe, Kingsley
Village Shopping Village
3.00pm – Neil Haydock, Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay
Saturday 10th June
11.00am – Nick Barclay, Barclay House, Looe
1.00pm – Simon Stellard, Roseland Inn, Philleigh
3.00pm – Gill Faiers, Bangor House Tearoom, Poundstock
Both Organic South West and Taste of the West Cornwall will
be on hand to provide further information about where to source
Cornish food and drink products alongside a record number
of organic and local food exhibitors.
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 Taste of the West and Organic
South West (Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) through the
European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Martin
Butler at Government Office South West on 01752 635134 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.
Organic South West is a Soil Association
project, part funded by the EAGGF and Defra through the Objective
One Programme, to help grow the organic market in Cornwall
& the Isles of Scilly. They provide technical, business
and market support across the supply chain to businesses that
produce, process and retail organic produce. They also operate
an Objective One business grant scheme of up to 50% funding
for organic businesses that wish to develop their business.
For more information see: www.organicsouthwest.org.
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.
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