Local produce to be showcased again at event in new year

Local produce to be showcased again at event in new year

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood.

Preparations are underway for the popular Local Produce Trade Show 2024.

The showcase event for delicious food and drink produced across the region will take place on Tuesday 6th February 2024 at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

The aim is to bring together buyers from hospitality and beyond to feast their eyes on the very best locally produced food and drink.

Since it started in 2007, the event has generated many thousands of pounds of sales for local producers and allowed buyers to proudly fly the flag for the region.

The event, which is organised by Business South, aims to support the local and rural economies whilst developing food and drink supply chains.

Leigh Sara Timberlake, Business South Group CEO, explained: “The Local Produce Trade Show is a highlight of our year, and we are proud to champion the important part our local producers play in the prosperity of the region.

“It has been gratifying to see business being done and everything from cheese and beer to locally smoked trout appearing on the menus of cruise ships and top local restaurants as a direct result of this show.”

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager at Hampshire Fare, said: “The Local Produce Trade Show is one of the highlights of the calendar year for producers to connect with buyers from the hospitality industry.

“We also invite chefs from across the county to come and tell us what they’re looking for and why they use local.”

More than 60 local producers are expected to take part in 2024 and the ever-popular chef’s panel, with top names from the regional culinary scene, will also make a return.

Local producers can book their place here.

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Read about this year’s show:

Review: Hampshire Local Produce Trade Show