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Support Artisan Producers and enjoy a Virtual Food Festival.
At the start of the summer food festival season, we’re all stuck at home. Events are cancelled for the foreseeable future and even travelling to rural beauty spots is out of the question. Where does that leave the small food & drink producers? People who perhaps have a village shop and sell to the local delis in their area, who supply local restaurants and pubs and who use the summer food festival season to meet new customers.
And, where does it leave us? We can’t pop out to our nearest restaurant for a meal and nor can we travel to foodie hotspots to stock up on produce.
Katia Sokolskaya, the founder of Nauteas tea and Richard Reeves from Slice & Dice digital agency have come up with a great solution in the form of an online festival where you can browse the produce from dozens of artisan producers and order online.
Food & Drink Festival Online is a new way for the public to discover these inspiring producers and buy direct from the safety of your home. It will give producers a better opportunity to stay financially afloat during this difficult time.
Katia says: “These are extraordinarily challenging times for many small businesses. Spring and Summer festivals and shows have been cancelled, leaving artisan producers with very few routes to market. However this situation opened up an opportunity for us to create a festival online, so now everyone can discover incredible produce without leaving their homes. With this project, we want to support and give a free platform to all the hard-working and passionate producers and entrepreneurs.”
I’m just delighted to find a resource that pulls together so many great suppliers. Many of them have special offers to help people through these times – so for example, Push Chocolates are donating 25% of their profits to NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and have a special discount offer for Front Line Staff and Key Workers. Womersley Foods have a discount offer on orders over £15 and Bay’s Kitchen has a 10% discount on their gluten-free, low fodmap vegan sauces. What am I tempted by? Well, I could happily fill up a shopping trolley with goodies – but I think instead I’ll opt for the cocktail-inspired Happy Hour Cakes which sound just the ticket!