IP WINS FOOD & DRINK PROJECT GRANT
The Islands’ Partnership has won a DEFRA grant worth £21,750 to develop Scilly's food & drink offering.
The Scilly Food & Drink Project is one of 10 successful projects from across Britain to benefit from DEFRA's Food Tourism Grant Scheme, designed to showcase Britain’s rich food heritage and traditions and celebrate the people who grow and make it, as well as the beauty of the countryside and coastlines it comes from.
According to the IP, the grant will be used to "establish a distinctive brand and identity for Scilly’s food and drink sector – from local producers, fisherman and farmers, to chefs, restaurants and suppliers – which will be supported by engaging visitor experiences".
IP executive director David Jackson said: “Between now and the end of March, we will look to really get under the skin of what makes our local food and drink so special and distinctive to Scilly.
"The Taste of Scilly celebration in September was just a starter in terms of what these islands can offer. With the DEFRA grant funding, we have a real opportunity to build a cohesive food and drink brand for Scilly, which, alongside the supporting industry toolkit, can act as a real catalyst for the islands' wider visitor economy.”
DEFRA received 65 applications for the grant scheme, which is part of its Great British Food campaign to celebrate the UK’s world class food and drink industry, drive growth and jobs in the sector and boost exports.
(photo - St Martins shrimp by Jemma Lessware)