New Covent Garden Market Celebrates Local Food

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February 5, 2008

On 6 February 2008, New Covent Garden Market in London hosted A Celebration of Local Food bringing together regional producers, NCGM wholesalers and distributors and regional food groups to showcase the best of local produce. This open day enabled the whole supply chain, including chefs and professional buyers from the private and public sectors, to sample the best that London and surrounding regions have to offer. A conference, Share to Supply, focusing on supply into the public sector ran in parallel to this event. This open day is part of a three year project between New Covent Garden Market and the South East Food Group Partnership to get more local food on the capital’s plates through wholesalers and distributors based at the Market, helping to deliver both South East England and London regional food strategies. The day started at 07.00am with a tour of the Market for producers to see firsthand how it works. After a local breakfast producers from the South East and East Anglia showcased their produce for wholesalers, distributors and chefs to sample and discuss. The day’s events were officially opened by Jenny Jones, Chair of London Food Board, Sir Don Curry, Chairman of the group implementing the Government's Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy and Jan Lloyd, Chief Executive of New Covent Garden Market. For more information please contact: Tom Beeston on +44 7957 357 201 or tom.beeston@cgma.gov.uk Helen Evans, CGMA on +44 207 501 3487 or helen.evans@cgma.gov.uk Henriette Reinders, SEFGP on +44 23 9245 2288 or henriette@sefgp.co.uk