Staff at Noble’s Hospital have enjoyed sampling food and drink from local suppliers this week with the eighth edition of Manx Produce Week in the Thie Bee restaurant.
The annual event demonstrates the volume and quality of locally-sourced ingredients available at the hospital for patients, staff and visitors.
Joining long-standing suppliers Robinson’s, Harrison & Garrett, the Isle of Man Creamery and Ramsey Bakery in offering displays and tastings, were potential new suppliers Davison’s Ice Cream and Green Mann Spring Water.
The annual event follows the creation of the new Government Catering Service in April. The shared service, led by the Department of Health and Social Care, provides consolidated food procurement and production across the public sector.
It supplies meals and snacks to a range of government facilities including to patients, staff and visitors to Noble’s Hospital, pupils of the island’s primary and secondary schools, staff and visitors to Isle of Man College and at the National Sports Centre café in Douglas.
Minister for Health and Social Care Howard Quayle said: ‘Value for money for the taxpayer is important and has to be considered in government’s catering operations. But of equal importance is ensuring sustainability through supporting the island’s local food producers and wider economy.
‘Manx Produce Week highlights government’s continued support for local food producers and demonstrates government’s commitment to provide patients, staff and the public with nutritious meals and snacks. Good nutrition is essential for good health and wellbeing – especially for recovery after illness.’
Catering purchasing supervisor Andy Pennington thanked staff across the new catering service for helping to make the event a success.
The proceeds from the week’s raffles and produce sales, including a cake stall, will be donated to Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, the staff’s chosen charity.