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Peak business event to help cut food-miles

This is an archived press release

Monday 1 October 2007

1 October 2007

Peak business event to help cut food-miles

Peak District businesses will be helped to “go green” at a free event to help them source local produce that benefits the environment.

Hotels, B&Bs, farm-shops, restaurants, tea-rooms and self-catering operators are being invited to “A Taste of the Peak District,” at Ilam Hall, near Ashbourne, on Tuesday October 30, 11am-2.15pm.

Sourcing local, seasonal, eco-friendly food is fast becoming a marketing asset – especially for businesses in a scenic farming area like the Peak District National Park.

This free event aims to help businesses forge links with high-quality suppliers who look after wildlife, archaeology and the landscape – all the things that make the Peak District unique and special.  

It will include presentations on local sourcing, menu ideas, presenting the story of the food to the consumer, and how to achieve the Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) award for best environmental practice.

There will also be a buffet of foods produced in the Peak District National Park, and an action-plan for businesses.

EQM officer Faith Johnson explained: "Buying local food helps boost the local economy and also reduces food miles and carbon emissions.  But sourcing from local farms that are managed for conservation also helps protect all the things that make the Peak District special - wildflower meadows, heather moors, dry stone walls, lead mining heritage."

The event is organised by the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark and funded by the Peak District Rural Pathfinder organisation.

To find out more about the EQM, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm

Bookings are essential – contact Julie White on 07971 666474 or e-mail julie@juliew.co.uk While the event is free, a non-attendance fee of £15 will be payable.

This is an archived press release

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