Hundreds attend first Torfaen Food Summit

Posted on: Monday 26 February 2024
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More than 200 local residents, businesses, and community groups took part in the first Torfaen Food Summit last week.   

Food producers, suppliers, community groups, and caterers were among those who took part in event at Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall on Thursday 22 February, which was aimed at developing local food networks and sharing sustainable practices.  

Families and individuals were then invited to take part in different free activities later in the day, including cooking demonstrations and food tasting.  

James Morris, Owner of Ty Poeth Farm, said: “It’s been great – I enjoyed meeting like-minded people, connecting with new folk and businesses.   

“It’s just lovely to see how everyone is connecting and starting to work together within the community and beyond.”  

Terri Williams, who visited with her son Soal, said, “We couldn’t wait to see what the event was all about. Soal wants to grow his own fruit and vegetables so he really enjoyed it.” 

Councillor Fiona Cross, Executive Member for Communities, said: “I am thrilled to see the community's enthusiasm for promoting locally produced food and sustainable practices.  

“This event has been a fantastic opportunity for businesses, community organisations, and individuals to come together and explore ways to create a more resilient and sustainable food system in Torfaen."  

It’s hoped the Food Summit, which was organised as part of Torfaen Council’s Food Resilience Programme, will become an annual event.   

The Torfaen Food Resilience Programme which has received £991,426 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, aims to increase the amount of locally produced affordable food and find sustainable ways of tackling food poverty through the Torfaen Sustainable Food Partnership.     

Find out more about the Food Resilience Programme  

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