Food network spring conference attracts bumper audience

Directors of a pioneering East Yorkshire food network welcomed almost 100 people to its spring conference at Bishop Burton College recently.

The theme of the East Yorkshire Local Food Network’s conference was “Feeding Minds and Bodies” and delegates heard talks from representatives from Defra, Hull City of Culture, tourism and funding bodies, Bishop Burton College and network members Delifresh and Wold Top Brewery.

In addition, the network’s patron, HM Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Rt Hon Mrs. Susan Cunliffe-Lister launched “Enjoy Local Food & Drink Guide 2016-17”, the network’s directory of places to eat and buy East Yorkshire Food and Drink and members enjoyed a buffet lunch of local food and drink including Staal Smokehouse salmon, tomatoes from Stockbridge Technology Centre and beer from Wold Top Brewery.

Chair of the EYLFN, Graham Ward OBE, 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 NFU Mutual and ERYC Rural Department and to Bishop Burton for the beautiful lunch and superb facilities”

Of the conference, speaker, Tim Brooks from Defra’s new Great British Food Unit, said: “I found it really valuable and enjoyed speaking with companies about their ambitions and the issues they face. It is clear that there is both a lot of passion and a lot of great quality food in the region.”

Ward concluded: “Benefits of membership of the East Yorkshire Local Food 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; a free listing in Enjoy Local Food & Drink guide that is distributed to public, press and trade; promotional support in all media and through other East Yorkshire partnerships and free listings on and websites.”

The Enjoy Local Food & Drink guide is available from Libraries, Tourist Information Centres, Customer Service Centres, participating businesses and from the the East Yorkshire Local Food Network team or the Mobile Demonstration Kitchen at local food festivals and country shows. Accommodation providers and catering businesses can apply for free guides for their establishments by e mailing Julia Soukup on

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 120 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 or email Julia Soukup at

Graham Ward, left and speaker, David Kerfoot

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