Pigtown events to celebrate local food culture in Limerick
The series features events such as the Culture Night Pig Parade; ‘Beyond the Pig – veganism in a meat eaters world’ panel discussion; ‘Ancient Irish food – what did our ancestors grow, pick and catch’ lecture and discussion and Urban Foraging Walks by local author and ethnobotanist Theresa Storey; Valerie O’Connor’s ‘Pig in the City’ food trail; Pigtown Tasting Menu produced by students of LIT’s Food and Tourism Department; and ‘The Apprentice – Pigtown Style’ hosted by Garretts Butchers where Limerick Butcher Apprentices will compete against visiting international craft butcher apprentices to be crowned the Pigtown Champion. Limerick Leader story.
Better Food Traders
We all know the food system isn’t working – but isn’t hard to know what to do about it? Well, Hackney-based Growing Communities did do something about fixing the food system. And twenty years on, their ground breaking organic veg scheme, farmers’ market and growers apprenticeships are feeding the inner city with local, delicious, organic fruit and veg. By paying a fair price direct to organic farmers, they’ve created a vibrant local food economy that’s good for growers, good for consumers and great for the planet. Since 2009 they’ve been helping other social entrepreneurs and community groups across the UK to set up community-led veg schemes based on Growing Communities’ successful model. Website.
Scots suppliers vie for space on Morrisons shelves
Fifty food and drink firms from across Scotland have been selected to pitch their produce to Morrisons. The supermarket chain said 140 firms had applied to have their products stocked on its shelves as part of its efforts to boost the home-grown industry, with the most promising suppliers getting the chance to pitch to the group’s buyers, local store staff and customers at two events in Perth and Musselburgh. Angus Bell, local category manager at Morrisons, said: “Scotland has a long history of great, local food and the producers we’ve seen have been no exception. After seeing the quality of the food here in Scotland this week, we’re keen to put even more food made in the country on our customers’ plates.” The Scotsman story.
Local food ambassadors shine at international festival
A Galway food syndication has further strengthened economic and tourism links with France following their attendance at the Fête des vins de l’Anjou recently. Foods of Athenry, Gran Grans and Tribal Foods who travelled along with Sheena Dignam of Galway Food Tours and Merveilles D’Irlande to attend Fête des vins de l’Anjou in the Pays de la Loire region last week wowed the French festival with a supreme West of Ireland food showcase. The trip showcased the diverse and unique range of locally sourced produce in the West of Ireland whilst also highlighting key SME’s and start-ups in the food industry to the French market. Galway Independent story.
Isle of Bute fisherman opens UK’s first-ever seaweed shop
Iain McKellar, 52, has been harvesting seaweed for over 10 years and selling it online to companies and restaurants from all over the globe. He realised that the abundance of seaweed on the Isle of Bute wasn’t being taken advantage of, and saw an opportunity to sell local produce with a difference. Herald Scotland story.
The new Nottingham shop that’s selling surplus supermarket food at a tiny price
Surplus supermarket food destined for the bin will be sold for ‘as little as possible’ at a new city store. Foodprint, a ‘social supermarket,’ will open in a Sneinton warehouse this summer – selling “perfectly edible food” that would otherwise be thrown away because it is past its best before date or has a packaging error. The store, in Sneinton Road, is the brainchild of a group of University of Nottingham students who are passionate about ending food waste and food poverty simultaneously. Nottingham Post story.
Cork Airport unveils new food offerings for travellers
Suppliers for the new food offerings at Cork Airport include Fingal Ferguson with Gubbeen chorizo, Jane Murphy with Ardsallagh goat’s cheese, Bandon Vale cheddar, Flahavan’s Oat porridge, G’s Jam from Co Laois, Ballycotton smoked salmon, Glenilen yoghurts, Glenown Ice cream and Pallas Green with locally grown fruit and vegetables. Frank Gleeson, MD of Aramark Food Services, said. “Aramark is delighted to be able to offer great products and a great experience, while supporting local food producers and developing a menu that reflects what makes Cork the gourmet capital of Ireland.” Irish Examiner story.
Nourish Scotland’s Making a Living from Local Food programme 2017
Are you passionate about tasty, nutritious, locally and sustainably produced food? Are you in the process of setting up a local food enterprise or have just started one? For the second year running, Nourish Scotland’s Making a Living from Local Food programme is offering mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to 15-20 aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland. The programme is funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund. Scottish Rural Network post.
AmazonFresh expands grocery deliveries across South East
AmazonFresh is being extended to postcodes just outside of London in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire as the online retail giant begins to roll out the grocery delivery service one year after first coming to the UK. The service is now available in selected postcodes from Luton to Watford, Berkhamsted to Hampshire. Approximately 180,000 products are on offer for same day delivery, including fresh produce items. These also include some of Britain’s most popular brands and a selection of groceries from London’s shops and markets as well as local food producers. Produce Business UK story.
Holmewood Edible Community Association
Where all residents will have the opportunity to get involved with environmental projects at a local level.These projects will include; Knowleswood Community Farm. Grow your own. Greenside project. Gardening and Cleaning Teams.These projects will be the tap root of initiatives to follow, we encourage local peoples paticipation through Education plus Volunteering opportunities. Facebook page.
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New routes to better markets for farmers and growers
Whilst Brexit is forcing a rethink of a crucial portion of most UK farm incomes – the farm subsidies – when we leave the European Common Agriculture Policy, it would be a mistake to ignore the market side of the calculation. How will farmers secure a decent return from the market place for decent food production, with (or even scarier, without) subsidies? With the single market possibly gone, and new trade deals and huge regulatory changes ahead it seems crucial to ensure farmers have access to a diverse and fairly trading marketplace. Sustain UK post.