Chance to showcase local food at shows

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Local food producers have one week left to ensure they have pride of place at the island’s biggest food and agricultural events of the year.

The Manx produce marquee, hosted by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, will showcase the wares of local food and drink producers at August’s Royal Manx Agricultural Show at Knockaloe, and at the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival at the Villa Marina gardens in September.

To book a place in the marquee, local producers can obtain application forms from DEFA by phoning 685856, by emailing or by downloading the forms from

The key requirement is that all produce sold is grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked or smoked in the Isle of Man or, where processed, contains produce from the Isle of Man.

The closing date for all applications is Friday, May 30.

Environment Minister Phil Gawne commented: ‘We produce quality meat, eggs, dairy, flour, bread, vegetables, seafood and much more and can be proud of the provenance, traceability, taste, safety and variety of our local Manx produce.

‘I hope that producers will take full advantage of these opportunities to promote themselves to the many Manx people and visitors who attend these events’.

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