It is with tremendous pleasure we have been working alongside the Wiltshire Business Connector on secondment to Business in the Community, from Lloyds Bank; Geraldine McKibben over the last couple of months on a trade food event for the counties artisan producers.

The Taste of Wiltshire, a name originally put forward by the rural community council for Wiltshire, Community First, was kindly donated as they too have been working closely on the project.  A group of enthusiastic local foodies then came together to assist Geraldine in her quest to bring a high quality trade event to the area including Devizes Food Festival organiser Tony from Rosemundy Cottage Bed and Breakfast, as well as representatives from Vaughans Kitchen, Caroline Wheatley-Hubbard from Boyton Farm, as well as Ludwell Stores, this years Village Shop of the Year.

The event was to be kindly sponsored by Lloyds and Wiltshire Council and the latter provided business advice on the day with Chris Simpson, Senior Business Manager from the Wiltshire Business Support Service  providing one of the workshops for producers before the event opened to the public: From Kitchen to Cash FAST

The event, held on September 26th was at the glorious Cleeve House in Seend, the old home of the sister to Virginia Woolf and the perfect backdrop to what was to be a fantastic day.  Over 30 local producers, including many that we stock at Pop Shop Wiltshire, or those coming regularly to Marlborough Communities Market were there and the event was opened by Mr Charles Bartholomew, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire and Director of local company, Wadworths Brewery.

Plain Fresh delivers social media workshop

Alongside The Kitchen to Cash Workshop, I was delighted to deliver a very quick workshop on Social Media, having set up the twitter account for the venture.  We where then on to a wonderful cookery demonstration from Peter Vaughan, utilising products from the exhibitors.

There really was too much to talk about in a short blog but The local Gazette and Herald did a great piece on the event: Seend Fine Food Fair has plenty of bite.

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