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A feast for the senses at Source

source-2015logoWith only two weeks to go until the Source / Taste of the West Trade Show, we’re delighted to unveil the stars you can see in the In-toto Demo Kitchen!  We’ve got some great professional chefs for you to meet – from Taste of the West award winners, MasterChef: The Professionals finalists, to the South West Chef of the Year 2014, who’s also South West Young Professional Chef!

With ten different demonstrations over the two days of the show there’s bound to be something to whet your appetite.  Why not take the weight off your feet, and be inspired by the experts at the same time?

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expowestcornwallYou may be familiar with Expowest Cornwall already, as for over 30 years it has been the region’s premier hospitality and catering trade show.  Every year this show is the place where suppliers large and small showcase their latest products and services to Cornwall’s trade buyers.  This year’s Expowest Cornwall takes place at the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th March.  Perfectly timed and showcasing products that cover the whole of the hospitality and catering market; this show really does have Cornwall covered!
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449673_num1039215_168x168Have a holiday from over indulgence during the festive period and join thousands of others who are taking a break from alcohol and raising funds for charity in 'Dry January', 'Dryathlon' or later in the year for 'Go Sober in October'.  With well-established soft drinks producer Luscombe Drinks, it's easy to keep on the straight and narrow, not just for January but across the year with their delicious array of juices, soft drinks and bubblys.
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manna_from_devon_ovenWith an impressive 150% rise in the number of students attending their wood fired ovens courses this year, Manna from Devon Cooking School has seen a dramatic increase in aspiring professionals attending their 'Cooking with a Wood Fired Oven' course in Kingswear, South Devon. The great resurgence in wood fired ovens' popularity has taken place over the past few years, with innovative new mobile units available designed for all weather and environments with enhanced reinforcing.
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Taste of the West meets DEFRA

The Conservative Rural Affairs Group - Connecting Government and the Countryside - Export Markets beckon for regional foods.

Britain is missing out on potentially huge export earnings by not developing and promoting speciality regional foods. The warning has come from the chairman of CRAG – the Conservative Rural Affairs Group - which is launching a campaign to revive the UK’s flagging regional food sector and crank up overseas sales. Devon farmer Richard Haddock says in large parts of the UK locally-produced food and drink is still under-promoted and difficult to buy, while many so-called producers’ groups exist only in name.

Now CRAG is launching a new initiative in a bid to bring the rest of the country up to what it calls the ‘gold standard’ set by Taste of the West, which operates in the six south-west counties. The campaign will get underway on Thursday (December 9) with a meeting at Westminster attended by Defra Secretary Liz Truss and representatives of regional food organisations.

Among them will be John Sheaves, chief executive of Taste of the West, formed from a loose association of county-based producers groups 23 years ago and now the leading supply chain co-operative for the South West's food and drink industry.


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