Plymouth food demonstration encourages shoppers to buy local
INDEPENDENT food producers and traders came together to promote locally-sourced grub with a day of demonstrations.
Businesses supplying fruit and veg, cakes and even Chinese cuisine served up tasty treats, including gluten-free meals, at Plymouth Greengrocer, based at the Chaplins Superstore in Plympton.
Husband-and-wife team Mark and Julie Petvin set up Plymouth Greengrocer nearly two years ago, selling fruit and vegetables grown near Plymouth.
They were joined for the demos by Lisa Hackett, of new start-up business Let Them Eat Cake, and Lai-Yin Wong Brooks, who runs the Oriental food and party planning business called simply 8.
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Ms Brooks said: "More than ever people want to know what is in their food and our open day event got shoppers asking questions, but crucially getting people interactive with food demonstrations, food tasting, and all sourced in Plymouth and the surrounding area."
Ms Hackett said her dairy free cakes use no sugar but only honey from her 10 beehives.
Andy Walton, of specialist food agent ACW Commercial, which was also displaying goods, said: "People in Plymouth are becoming more concerned where their food is coming from, and our food open day brought independent producers together to highlight the city businesses making great local food."
Mrs Petvin, said: "We are planning more open days to get shoppers to buy local produce they can be confident about."