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A food festival has been given a boost thanks to family business, T.Soanes & Son which has been announced as one of the event’s main sponsors.
The 11th annual Beverley Food Festival, organised by Beverley Town Council, takes place on October 2 and Wolds poultry supplier T.Soanes & Son is supporting the event and sponsoring its first ever local food festival.
T.Soanes & Son support will help towards building the infrastructure of the Cookery Theatre Marquee where seven renowned local chefs will be creating dishes using produce sourced primarily from East Yorkshire.
Three other organisations from the surrounding area have also agreed to sponsor the popular festival.
It was through an East Yorkshire Local Food Network Event where Tom Kingston, sales manager at T.Soanes & Son, met Beverley Town Council Town Clerk, Helen Watson that the idea of sponsorship was first set explored explained Tom.
“Beverley is a lovely place and it’s our nearest main town so we wanted to give something back to the community – I believe it’s important to get involved with initiatives such as this.
“Through supporting Beverley Food Festival, we’re not only able to help raise the profile of the town, but we’re also able to support our customers in Beverley and showcase our products to new and existing customers.”
T.Soanes & Son also hopes to promote the Middleton on the Wolds’ game business at the Food Festival, Tom added.
“In addition to rearing our own poultry, we also source an extensive range of game and, as the festival coincides with the start of the game season, it ties in nicely with our game offering.”
Beverley Food Festival will showcase local producers and will feature entertainment, music from Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists, The Garnett Sisters and street food.
There will also be demonstrations from culinary luminaries James Mackenzie from The Pipe and Glass Inn; David Nowell from Tickton Grange and Beverley pastry chef Thierry Condette.
The event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Beverley and special guests include BBC Humberside’s Jonathan Parker & Chloe Davis.
Helen Watson, who also sits on the East Yorkshire Local Food Network (EYLFN) Committee, said the council is delighted that a local, family food producer is supporting the festival.
“I have known about T.Soanes & Son for years – in fact we used their chicken when we used to run charity barbecue stalls.
“I think this is an excellent partnership because they reflect our values. As a council and through the festival, we work to promote local producers and the local economy, Soanes being one of them, to help them be more prominent in the area.
“We’ve suffered from a lot of funding cuts so without our sponsors, it would be very hard to run the event therefore we need good local companies to team up with to ensure we’re able to offer everything we did before the cuts.
“There will be lots of people coming to see what the area has to offer in terms of produce but we’d also like to make it an educational event by encouraging people to buy local and cut down on their food miles.
“We want to keep our town alive and vibrant, and by running free events like this, we can make the place and the region’s produce accessible to as many people as possible.”
Beverley Food Festival was named ‘Remarkable Large Tourism Event’ at the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards 2016, run by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, and received the accolade for Best Local Food and Drink Event at the East Yorkshire Local Food Network (EYLFN) Awards in 2015.
The organisers are expecting around 20,000 visitors on the day. The free event takes place from 9.30am and 4pm in Beverley Market Place.