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Directors of a pioneering East Yorkshire food network are encouraging local businesses to attend its Spring conference in Bridlington next week.

Entitled “Showcasing & Supporting the Local Food Chain”, the East Yorkshire Local Food Network event takes place at The Spa Bridlington between 9.30am – 2.30pm on Monday 12 May 2014.

It  will provide an opportunity for delegates to meet a wide range of businesses and organisations with links to the growing food and drink sector in East Yorkshire.

Everyone is welcome at the event where there will be advice from guest speakers including Robert Ramsden, Head of Specialist Food Development – Delifesh Ltd who will talk about “Sourcing Quality Local Produce that Inspire Chefs of the North” and Andy Tordoff, area lead Yorkshire & North East – DEFRA RDPE Delivery Team about “Future RDPE and LEADER Funding Opportunities to Support Small Businesses”.

The conference will be chaired by David Kerfoot MBE, Vice Chair of the York, North Yorks & East Riding LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership).

There will also be opportunities to network with members of the East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Partnership, Holderness Coast FLAG, LEADER CWWW, Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, York, North Yorkshire & East Riding LEP, organisers of farmers’ markets, food festivals & events and suppliers of food related goods and services. A local buffet lunch, including seafood specialities, sponsored by the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group, will also be served.

In addition, there will be the launch of “Enjoy Local Food & Drink Guide 2014-15” and the inaugural “Beverley Food Festival and East Yorkshire Food Awards 2014”.

Chair of the EYLFN Graham Ward said:

“The network is growing rapidly and the Spring conference is a great opportunity to get advice from small business specialists and to showcase the best food and drink related business and organisations in East Yorkshire and the surrounding area.

“We are very grateful for the support of the York, North Yorks & East Riding LEP for sponsoring the venue and Holderness Coast FLAG for lunch.”

Entrance to the event is free, but delegates must register in advance by contacting Julia Soukup on 07557 360719.

Mr Ward added:

“Benefits of the network, which costs £50 per year to join, are many and varied and include: Being part of a larger voice for local food and drink; Free listing in Enjoy Local Food & Drink guide that is distributed to public, press and trade; Free entry into the Beverley Food Festival and East Yorkshire Food awards; Promotional support in all media and through other East Yorkshire partnerships; Free listings on www.enjoy-eastyorks-food.co.uk and www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com websites.”

Established in 2010, The East Yorkshire Local Food Network champions the wide range of delicious food and drink available in and around East Yorkshire for the benefit of local food and drink businesses and communities and currently has 115 members.

The network has support from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s rural team. If you are a small or medium-sized food and drink related business or organisation in East Yorkshire and within 30 miles of the boundary and would like to join an expanding network, please visit http://enjoy-eastyorks-food.co.uk/ or email Julia Soukup at info@enjoy-eastyorks-food.co.uk

Winners of the 2013 EYLFN awards
Winners of the 2013 EYLFN awards

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