Tamar Grow Local (TGL) came away with two awards last week from the Plymouth Big Food Event held at the Plymouth Marine Aquarium on 10th June, organised and hosted by Food Plymouth.
This event consisted of a conference and the Big Food Debate, the Big Expo for local producer / supplier stands and to stimulate new trade, and a schools cookery challenge organised by Food is Fun. This was followed up by a Big Food Festival on 14th June at Frankfort Gate, with a local producers market and the Food is Fun cookery theatre.
This is part of a wider linkage of projects including Plymouth City Council, which are jointly driving towards Plymouth becoming a Sustainable Food City – there is already a Plymouth Food Charter and Food Plymouth Action Plan.
At the same event Councillor Tudor Evans received an award on behalf of the City Council in recognition of Plymouth becoming the first city in the world to secure a Fish2Fork Blue City Award. The National Marine Aquarium, Destination Plymouth and Plymouth University Marine Institute joined forces last year to initiate the Plymouth Blue City project, to demonstrate the sustainable seafood credentials of the city’s restaurants, which reflects that restaurants are acting sustainably in choosing its seafood and engaging customers with information about the credentials of the food served.
The Awards were made in recognition of local producers, suppliers, products and projects. Tamar Grow Local were Highly Commended under the category of Best Local Food Product for the Honey produced by the Tamar Valley Co-operative, and then also won Community Food Award for its Tamar Valley Food Hubs.
WRT have been working with TGL through the development of the Tamar Catchment Pilot project in 2012 and now via the current round of the Tamar Partnership; WRT have been able to support TGL through funding jointly between the Interreg IVA Catchment Channel Cluster (3Cs) project and CaBA in trialling a wholesale project which aims to develop the supply chain to the next level; connecting and building trade between local producers and outlets such as schools, restaurants or council bodies – whilst communicating the wider environmental benefits of local food production including the relationship with water quality.
For further details about Food Plymouth, the Big Food Event or Fish2Fork please see links below….