When eating out or cooking at home, isn't it lovely to be able to find locally produced food and drink? In the Bradford on Avon area and beyond A Local Larder aims to help improve this offer – with your help.
A LOCAL LARDER 2015 will put the producers and the people who offer quality local food and drink in their shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants in touch with one another. Buyers will be able to taste the produce and hear the production stories; producers will discover where and how their goods are offered through the buyers' outlets. The public will also be able to share in the experience in the early evening by meeting producers, tasting and buying their products and talking to some of the people who decide what's available in local shops, eateries and ale houses.
We're hoping to raise £2,000 towards organisation and marketing costs - you can help by making a pledge and receiving a reward as a thank you. Some rewards are being snapped up fast so don't delay. You have until Monday 17th November. There is a range of pledge values, starting at £10 with the rewards listed next to each.
Who are 'we'?
• Ros Edwards from Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon's Sustainable Food & Drink Group
• Geraldine McKibbin an independent local food ambassador and freelancer with experience of organising similar events,
• Magnus Macdonald, a local Councillor with long experience of the food sector
• Sue Thomson, who's spent over a decade working with local food and drink businesses locally and nationally, and is passionate about making it more readily available
The event is run as a community based initiative with local networking and volunteer help contributing to the organisation, communication and on the day running of the event. A Local Larder is a not-for-profit organisation.
If you're able to watch the video you'll meet some of us and also find out what people are saying about the event we ran earlier this year - how important this and future events are to the area, for the businesses already involved and as a way of creating jobs and opportunities for the future. If the video is challenging on your computer here are a couple of key points: Maddie from Willy Good Ale explains how valuable she found the free seminars aimed at helping the producers consider growing their businesses and offering marketing tips. She says that it was great to have a platform for small local businesses and that they felt 'cared about and supported'. There are lots of shots of local production, local food and drink on offer at various outlets and of picturesque Bradford on Avon.
All the buyers in 2014 wanted more events so good to know that they want to make local food easier to find. One remarked that it was really valuable to be able to talk to the producers as, although they deal with some of the businesses, the producer isn't the person that they place their orders with.
For rewards we have bottles of beer, vouchers to spend, tours of production premises, signed books, cider tasting evening, cream teas and other eating out offers, help with sewing or furniture decoration, walks and talks such as bird song I.D, making hanging baskets, an eagle day learning about birds of prey on Salisbury plain. Rewards will get added throughout the campaign.
When can I collect my reward?
Once the crowd finder campaign is over we’ll gather the rewards together. Some are obviously time specific and dates need to be arranged with everyone who has pledged. For books and vouchers though we can get these to you much earlier. Its great timing if you're looking for a Christmas present that's a little out of the ordinary and helping to support local food and drink businesses.
But if you want to come along to the event itself in March and say hello, we’d love to see you. You can collect your reward and we’ll give you a free raffle ticket as well!
What happens to my money if you don't reach £2,000?
If we don't make our target amount your money won't be taken and the rewards won't be redeemed from the businesses who've donated - so no scams here.
Please help us make the event happen
You'll be supporting small local businesses as well as helping get local food and drink out there - pledge now. Campaign ends mid-afternoon on Monday 17th November.
A Local Larder, Bradford on Avon & Beyond is a community led, not-for-profit venture.
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