Guide to Isle of Man food and drink shows growth in sector
The most comprehensive guide yet to Isle of Man food and drink is published today (Wednesday) – demonstrating the growth in the sector.
‘Food Matters: Your Guide to Isle of Man Food and Drink’ was launched alongside the Island’s food provenance logo at an event at the Bath & Bottle, Douglas.
The free guide – the sixth – supports Food Matters, the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture’s strategy to grow the value of Isle of Man food and drink by £50 million.
Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said: ‘The guide tells us where we can obtain the growing range of high quality local produce.
‘The number of entries has more than doubled since we first published the guide in 2009, demonstrating the growth in the sector since then.
‘The guide was last updated in 2015 and, two years on, this new version features eight new food producers and 10 new outside caterers, all of whom are promoting local produce.
‘This guide brings everyone involved in Isle of Man food and drink into one attractive, free and easy to read publication,’ the Minister said.
‘I would encourage hoteliers, guest house and B&B operators and anyone offering Homestay to have copies of the guide for visitors so they know where to go to get a true taste of the Isle of Man.’
The guide has sections on bakers/flour, dairy, drinks, eggs, farm shops, farmers’ markets, hampers, honey, ice cream, jams/sauces, meat and poultry, seafood, outside caterers, stores and supermarkets, sweet treats, wools and other products.
It boasts sections on eating out and cookery schools and features a calendar of food and drink-related events, a seasonal guide to local produce and key contacts.
Those who have gained Harvest accreditation from the Department of Economic Development, in recognition of their use of local produce, are included.
The guide is available at www.gov.im/foodanddrink, at DEFA and at the Isle of Man Government Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal. It will be available at both summer agricultural shows and at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival in September.
To obtain copies, email Audrey.Fowler@gov.im or ring 01624 685856.