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Calling all Manx Food and Drink producers 10 May 2010

Manx food and drink producers are now being sought to take part in the second Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival, to be held on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September 2010 at the Villa Marina. Local businesses can exhibit and sell their products, provide a demonstration in the Manx Food Theatre or supply catering or entertainment for event goers. Celebrity chef Gino D‘Acampo will be attending the Festival on the Saturday and organisers are hoping that the Festival will attract more than the 8,000 visitors who enjoyed the Festival last year.

To be eligible for application, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • produce sold must be grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed on the Island or where serving and preparing food, this must contain local produce
  • Local means produce from the Isle of Man.

Organisers from the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture and the Department of Economic Development are also keen to hear from anyone with good ideas for promoting Manx Food and Drink. This might be anything from pizza-making classes to master classes in growing vegetables at home. The Arcade is also available for any organisations/individuals wishing to promote their cause through the use of Manx food. There is also the opportunity for public houses, restaurants, cafés, hotels, shops or local authorities to host a fringe event promoting Manx food. The organisers are open to any suggestions so let them know if you have a great idea!

Expressions of interest should be sent to Audrey Fowler at DEFA, Thie Slieau Whallian, Foxdale Road, St Johns IM4 3AS or audrey.fowler@gov.im before 12noon on 21st May 2010. For more information about the event, go to www.isleofmanfoodanddrinkfestival.com

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