- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
On Wednesday 2 March 2016 I visited the Cheshire Food Day where I met farmers, small businesses and food and drink producers based in Cheshire to discuss issues they are currently facing, and sample their local produce.
I met Richard Jones, who is in the photo above, the Marketing Manager at Mornflake, which has been based in Cheshire for many years. Visit www.mornflake.com for more information.
I talked with Helen from the National Farmers’ Union, who outlined some of the pressures farmers are presently under and we discussed the importance of backing British farming. Farming is worth £9.4 billion to the UK economy and provides 3.5 million jobs.
I spoke with Tatton Brewery, who produce real Cheshire ale, who you can find out more about on their website, www.tattonbrewery.co.uk.
Snugburys Ice Cream, whose farm is in Nantwich in Cheshire, were there. You can visit their website at www.snugburys.co.uk to find out more about them.
I enjoyed meeting Edward Chatwin, whose family have been farming for four generations, and who brought gingerbread made from his family’s traditional recipe with him. Their website can be found at www.chatwins.co.uk.
I talked to gin distiller Karl Bond, who has been making and selling Forest Gin with his wife since early 2015. You can find out about Forest Gin on www.forestgin.com or email Karl at [email protected].
Orsom cheese, who are on Facebook (orsomcheese) and Twitter (@orsomcheese), also had a stall, and you can find out about their cheese on www.orsomcheese.co.uk.
I would like to thank all the people I met; it was great to see and try a whole array of different produce that all comes out of Cheshire, and it was a good opportunity to talk with those in the industry and other MPs about the state of farming and food production in Cheshire and across Britain.