Local food producers wow Westminster

Basingstoke Gazette: Local food producers wow Westminster Local food producers wow Westminster

FOOD producers from The Leckford Estate and Laverstoke Farm Park helped Hampshire wow Westminster at a special Hampshire Day held in the Houses of Parliament earlier this month. 

As reported in MP Caroline Nokes’ column in last week’s Andover Advertiser it was the first such event for Hampshire.

Comments made to the producers by the 300 plus MPs, assistants and researchers who attended indicated that it was considered the best event of its kind that they had visited, say organisers.

It was initiated by Caroline Nokes and organised by the county’s food group Hampshire Fare.

Andy Mackenzie, of Lainston House, who is on the board of Hampshire Fare, greeted each visitor with: “Welcome to Hampshire!”

Caroline Nokes said: “It’s been brilliant, it has been busy all the time and we’ve seen nearly every Hampshire MP; all my colleagues all say that they’ve had a great time.”

The event was part of Hampshire Fare’s campaign to raise the profile of Hampshire at national level as a food-producing county and as a holiday destination.

Tracy Nash, commercial manager of Hampshire Fare, said: “I feel as though we’ve really depicted our county well and shown Hampshire to be a really beautiful, attractive place to visit.

“Everyone has been very enthusiastic about the event. One visitor commented that it was the best event of its kind at the House of Commons that she had ever attended.”

Amy Nield of Laverstoke added: “It was great to get the word out there about Laverstoke and the fantastic food Hampshire has to offer!”

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