Warwickshire’s finest foodies show their wares at the Food and Drink Expo

Laura Taviner, tourism officer at Warwickshire County Council; Adam Bennett, chef director at the Michelin-starred Cross in Kenilworth and Kate Varvedo, Marketing and Communications Manager, Shakespeare’s England.

More than 200 businesses large and small will gather to showcase Warwickshire’s wide-ranging excellence in the Food and Drink sector at a major new event in November.

The one-day expo Warwickshire Food & Drink will take place at the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, Leek Wootton, on Wednesday 22nd November.

It has been organised by Warwickshire County Council, in partnership with Shakespeare’s England, as part of the inaugural two-week Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival.

The expo will bring together the best of the region’s local producers. With hundreds of delegates, from supermarket chains to independent retailers, in attendance, it will provide the perfect opportunity to connect suppliers with key buyers and decision-makers – and for valuable long-term contacts to be made.

“Warwickshire and the surrounding districts have a fantastically diverse and eclectic range of great suppliers,” said Laura Taviner, tourism officer at Warwickshire County Council. “This event will bring them together in a formal and focused way, offering lots of opportunities for engagement.”

Warwickshire is long-renowned as a home for food and drink, from cider and coffee, from produce to preserves and much more with many award-winning businesses using locally-sourced produce. And alongside exhibitors at Warwickshire Food and Drink will be experts on all aspects of business in the sector, including food standards, funding opportunities and digital marketing trends.

Experts on hand will include Dr Rosemary Collier (director of Warwick Crop Centre based at the University of Warwick), Russell Allen (managing director of Aubrey Allen butchers) and one of the region’s top chefs, Adam Bennett, chef director at the Cross, Kenilworth.

Exhibitors are already booked in from all parts of the region, covering every kind of food and drink.

Among them are Rugby-based Springfield Kitchens, exhibiting their delightful range of chutneys, jams and pickles suitable for coeliacs and vegans; Purity Beers, from Alcester, which has recently introduced its cask ales across five of the Ricoh Arena’s concourse bars, resulting in the venue being awarded Cask Marque status usually reserved for pubs high- quality cask ale; and Henley Chocolates, Warwickshire’s leading provider of hand-crafted artisan chocolate with fresh, local ingredients.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council said: “I’m really impressed by the sheer variety of offerings we have here in Warwickshire. With so much to choose from, this trade show is essential for anyone in the catering industry. I wholeheartedly encourage businesses to make the trip in November and discover for themselves all there is to offer.”

* Registration is free to trade and there is a nominal charge for suppliers who wish to attend, alongside an exhibitor package.

For more information, please visit: www.warwick-food-drink.co.uk or telephone Laura Taviner on 01926 418004.