Southern Co-op Sponsored Business South Local Produce Show returns for its 10th year

  • Local Produce Show to take place on Thursday 25 January 2018, Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton
  • Over 50 local producers in Hampshire and the surrounding areas to meet more than 200 buyers and chefs

Now in its tenth year, the Local Produce Show, sponsored by Southern Co-op as well as being supported by Business South, Paris Smith, Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, New Forest Marque, and Cavendish Ships Stores, brings together some of the region’s small food and drink businesses with chefs and buyers seeking to source new produce.

For chefs and buyers, the event provides an invaluable opportunity to source new and exciting ingredients whilst supporting the Hampshire economy and its local producers. Previous buyers have included; Carnival UK, University of Southampton, Ideal Collection, Hampshire County Council and Hilton at the Ageas.

In 2018, the show will be opened by MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire, and exhibitors will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive seminar with speakers including Laura Trapnell of Paris Smith and John Davey of Cavendish Ship Stores. Pre-registered buyers will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of tastings and network with colleagues from the hospitality industry.  Buyers registering to attend before 30 November 2017 will be entered into a draw to win a local produce Christmas Hamper.

Kate Hibbert, Southern Co-op Local Sourcing Manager said: “As an independent regional retailer in southern England, it’s vital that we play a pivotal role in supporting local food producers and the rural economy; this is very much part of our business ethos as a co-operative.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Local Produce Show in 2018. It is a show we have attended regularly, some of our most successful suppliers were initially identified here. It is a great environment within which buyers and producers can engage on an informal level whilst tasting some amazing local products. We are looking forward to meeting some new faces in 2018 as it has been such a beneficial event for us in previous years.”

In 2017, the event showcased over forty local producers offering samples and information about their products to potential buyers. Upham Brewery, The Garlic Farm, Mash Brewery, Hill Farm Juice, Wow Cupcakes, Yarty Cordials, Mooka Gelato, Winchester Distillery, Chalk Valley Cheese, Flack Manor, Bowman Ales and Mozzo Coffee were just some of the businesses exhibiting there on the day.

Last year’s special guest Paul Turner of Alf Turner Butchers shared his Dragon’s Den success story with attendees and said of the show: “The exhibitors showed an amazing array of local produce which is invaluable to the area. I thoroughly enjoyed networking with the variety of producers and distributors at the event. This has opened doors for my business and I hope for others too.”

“The Local Produce Show is a rare opportunity for chefs and buyers to meet and chat to an array of Hampshire producers all in one place” explains Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager at Hampshire Fare.  “Producers offer tasters and the opportunity to find out the story behind their food and drink. For anyone keen to add a touch of Hampshire to their business, this a definite date for the diary!”

Event Details:

The Local Produce Show returns to Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on 25 January 2018

Exhibition stands available from £110+VAT

Buyers and chefs can register to attend for free

Contact: eventsadmin@businesssouth.org or 02380 682520

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