Disappointing Response To Food And Drink Show Invite

Council Economic Development staff say they are disappointed that their lucrative offer to fund local producers to attend a major mainland food festival was met with a lukewarm response.

Kaydee Torbet says islanders were invited to show their goods in front of 40,000 potential buyers at the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival, over three days in September.

The Council team arranged for the Local Action Group to pay the costs of shipping and travel for any local producer wanting to attend. And they were going to pay for promotional banners and marketing material too.

But it’s the time away from Scilly that seems to be stopping locals from getting the goods in front of would-be mainland buyers.

Michelle Mapplethorpe outside her shop on Holgate's Green

Mark Prager of the Ales of Scilly brewery told us he’d love to go to every food festival but he’s been busy building up stock with his new bottling machine and its too hard to take time out of a one man business.

Kaydee says she is hopeful that more businesses will want to promote their goods if the islands are invited back to the event next year.

Most of the space on offer has now been taken up by Michelle Mapplethorpe who will privately fund her attendance at the festival to promote her award-winning fudge.