Fundraising networking event to celebrate Nottinghamshire’s artisan food and drink producers

09 April 2018

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More than 50 local businesses will be represented at Welbeck Abbey on Thursday April 26 at a special charity event to celebrate the county’s outstanding food and drink sector.

The food and drink business networking event is being hosted by the Chairman of the County Council, Councillor John Handley to raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice and The School of Artisan Food bursary scheme.

Nottinghamshire Hospice is a palliative care unit providing high quality care services to adults who have terminal and life-limiting illnesses, and their families and carers .

Guests will be able to enjoy a very special evening from 7pm in the historic Titchfield library on The Welbeck Estate which includes:

• speeches from Sir John Peace, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Chairman of the Midlands Engine; Alison Swan Parente – Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Founder of the School of Artisan Food, Trudi Waldram of the Food and Drink Forum and Rowena Naylor-Morrell, CEO of Nottinghamshire Hospice

• entertainment from Lily Taylor Ward, an accomplished Classical Soprano singer from Sandiacre

• a standing buffet to taste a selection of bespoke recipes prepared by chefs from the School of Artisan Food at The Welbeck Estate using local produce

• a raffle of unique food gifts and experiences

• food exhibitions and demonstrations

• networking opportunities with Nottinghamshire businesses, local business leaders, influencers and VIPs.

Proceeds from the event will be shared equally between the Chairman’s Charity – the Nottinghamshire Hospice - and The School of Artisan Food bursaries.

The School of Artisan Food has awarded many bursaries over the past six years to increase the uptake and diversity of UK students on the six month full time Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking (Level 4/5 FDQ accredited) which is taught at Welbeck Estate.

Councillor John Handley, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council said:

"I am delighted to be hosting this very special event which will celebrate the very best about Nottinghamshire’s exciting food and drink industry.

"The event will provide an outstanding opportunity for the county’s businesses to network and meet Sir John Peace, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, and other business influencers who will be able to give insight about the opportunities available for businesses and in particular the local food and industry sector in the county.

"The event will help to raise money for the Nottinghamshire Hospice which is a cause very close to my heart and the School of Artisan baking to grow the next generation of food and drink entrepreneurs.”

Alison Swan Parente, Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Founder of The School of Artisan Food said:

“We are delighted to be hosting this celebratory event for the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council. The county has a wide selection of acclaimed, award winning artisan food and drink producers which we are excited to be showcasing at this special charity evening”

Tickets for the business networking event cost £25 and can be booked online 

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