Foodie focus for garden centre’s Taste event

A major showcase of food and drink businesses is set to celebrate Yorkshire produce as a Bradford garden centre plans an event in its Food Hall.

Tong Garden Centre’s Big Food Tasting weekend is scheduled to take place just a week before British Food Fortnight begins and will shine the spotlight on the artisan producers from the region who work hard to create outstanding products.

The two day event on 15th and 16th September will feature different producers over the weekend.

Food Hall manager, Andrew Tyers said: “We are excited and proud to host our third celebration of food and drink and to welcome some of our fantastic local and regional suppliers to the Food Hall.

“Over the weekend, visitors will be able to meet the makers and try many food and drink products before they buy, hopefully discovering something they have never tried before.”

Suppliers on the Saturday will include Wold Top Brewery; Holmfirth’s healthy flavoured oils and vinegars by Yorkshire Drizzle; Marrds Marinades; Naylor’s Brewery;Lottie Shaw and Huddersfield’s Fruity Tipples. On the Sunday, visitors can enjoy tastings from new suppliers Stephenson’s Bakery and Mr Fitzpatrick vintage cordials plus others including Michael Lee Fine Cheeses, Isaac Poad Brewery and Hider Foods.

On both days, members of the in house butchery and bakery teams will be on hand to share their expertise, hints and tips whilst showcasing some of their hand made produce for visitors to try.

The Big Food Tasting event takes place in the Food Hall and starts at 11am on both days.

British Food Fortnight is a national celebration of British food and drink that is held annually to coincide with harvest festival. The aim of the fortnight is to raise awareness of the benefits of buying and eating from the “home produced British larder.”

Tong Garden Centre is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1000 cars.

Photo: Mark Sibson, Janice Astbury and Lee Parnham