A new not-for-profit company East Yorkshire Local Food Network is to be launched at Driffield Show on Wednesday, 18 July. The idea for this new company came about following the success of a Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways LEADER funded two-year project ‘Developing an Enhanced Local Food Offer in and around the East Riding of Yorkshire’, which has helped many new business relationships to be formed.
The company, which will take forward the local food network when the current project comes to an end in October, will be launched by Meurig Raymond MBE, deputy president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), at 10am in the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School Food Theatre marquee.
Directors of the new company include Graham Ward OBE, David Nowell of Beverley Tickton Grange, David Tite of Driffield Agricultural Society, Tim Sellers of Carr House Farm, Foston-on-the-Wolds/Side Oven Bakery and Linda Thornton of The Courtyard, Goole.
A founding event for the new independent network, which will continue to receive support from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Rural Policy and Partnerships Team, will take place in the autumn when businesses will be able to find out how to become members of the network and help shape the future of it.
David Nowell, who is food and beverage executive at Beverley Tickton Grange, said: “There are exciting times ahead. The network offers a fantastic opportunity for all local food and drink producers, independent retailers, hospitality businesses and organisers of farmers’ markets and food festivals to work together to promote the wonderful produce available in the area and generate increased sales and profitability.”