One of the remits of North Somerset Councils’ Economic Development Service is to support the rural economy; its many and varied businesses and to promote the area as a great place to visit, live work and do business.
The ‘Made in north somerset’ event was developed in 2010 in response to calls for greater promotion of rural North Somerset and to provide support for local businesses. Last years event supported 48 individual businesses and included 62 different food and craft events across the fortnight.
The ‘Made in north somerset’ event showcases some of the best local food, drink, arts and craft businesses and whilst producers are predominantly rural, the festival promotes businesses from across North Somerset.
The event is open to those who are committed to producing, growing, rearing, creating, making, using and sourcing locally, from start up businesses such as ice –cream makers Chew Moos to household names such as Butcombe brewery.
This year the Economic Development team will be drawing on the area’s creative talent and will be working closely with North Somerset Arts who will deliver an exciting launch on 15 and 16 September at Sidcot Arts Centre. Theatre Orchard will also be performing a number of productions throughout the three weeks including ‘In cider’ stories which will be touring in rural North Somerset pubs this winter.
Over the three weeks businesses will host ‘Open Door’ events on their own premises that will enable the public to peek behind the scenes and understand the story behind these products. Last years activities included tours of cider makers and breweries, apple pressing, butchery demonstrations, farm walks, enamelling, fly fishing, clay tile making, food and drink tasting, chutney making, and much more.
The festival is also an opportunity for those North Somerset restaurants, pubs and cafes that already have a passion for local sourcing to show off their credentials and get involved. These businesses may wish to offer cookery demonstrations, food safaris, taster menus, BBQs, bring in their local suppliers for talks and tastings etc.
A ‘Made in north somerset’ Food and Craft Showcase will also take place at the National Trust Tyntesfield estate on 30 September. With forty stallholders, this special market will feature some of the best food, drink, art and craft in the area. One of the key aims is to encourage shoppers, chefs and buyers to put North Somerset food and craft into their shopping bags, onto their plates and upon their shelves.
The ‘Made in north somerset’ festival is really a ‘one-stop’ shop for local products and showcases just how diverse the food, drink, art and craft offer is in the area.
For more information on the festival, how to get involved and to download a booking form please visit: http://innorthsomerset.co.uk/get-involved/made-in-north-somerset Email: email@example.com or Tel: 01934 426341. The deadline for submitting an event or exhibiting at Tyntesfield is 22nd June.