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Derbyshire Day: MP backs County Food Festival

A selection of Derbyshire’s food and drink is coming to the House of Commons for a special fair celebrating the County’s produce. 

Toby Perkins MP: "Derbyshire-produced food and drink is important to the local economy"

Toby Perkins MP: "Derbyshire-produced food and drink is important to the local economy"

Leading companies including Thorntons, Chatsworth and S&A Foods will be displaying their wares alongside independent local producers such as Janjo’s of Erewash and Scropton Cider of South Derbyshire on Tuesday 16th April 2013.

A cross-party group of Derbyshire MPs have invited representatives of the County’s diverse food and drinks sectors to the all-day event.  The festival will give producers the opportunity to show Parliamentarians what Derbyshire has to offer, not only to its consumers but also to the local economy.

Derbyshire County Council, which organises an annual food and drink fair – this year’s will be at Elvaston Castle on the weekend of 18th and 19th May – are working with our County’s MPs to make sure Parliament gets to see products proudly made in the County.  The Tourist Board and Visit England will also be attending to highlight the sites and attractions that make Derbyshire a fantastic place to visit and stay.

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming representatives from the food and drink industries to Parliament to showcase the great selection of culinary delights Derbyshire has to offer.

“With the growth of the slow food movement and increasing interest in locally-sourced produce, purveyors of distinctive high-quality Derbyshire cuisine are well placed to do well in a growing sector.”

Mr Perkins added: “I’m honoured to be supporting this platform to raise the profile Derbyshire companies and local food producers”.

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