Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Tamworth, welcomed more than 20 producers from across the county to celebrate Staffordshire’s Food and Drink Festival in Westminster, including Tamworth’s own, Suncream Dairies, The Malted Waffle Company, Packington Pork and Peter Coates Butchers.
Staffordshire’s Food and Drink Festival was designed to raise awareness and showcase the best of Staffordshire’s products to other Members of Parliament from across the country, promoting our local food and drink suppliers. The event was very well attended with around 300 people through the doors.
Every Member of Parliament, from the Prime Minister down, was invited to try some of Staffordshire’s finest foods. Producers travelled from across the county to showcase Staffordshire and show off the produce that is made locally. Products on display ranged from Stoke-on-Trent Oatcakes to Waffles from Tamworth and all displayed on Staffordshire fine China. The Prime Minister had planned to attend but had to apologise at the last-minute so he could make a statement in the House of Commons on the Mid Staffs hospital scandal.
Christopher Pincher said, “The Festival was a great success, with a huge number of people attending all contributing to a buzzing atmosphere. The event gave local producers the chance not only to promote their company and Staffordshire and Stoke but also to speak to Government Ministers and tell them the issues, which faces small business like theirs on a daily basis, especially the barriers they face when looking to expand.
“This event has put Staffordshire firmly on the map as a food County and has raised the profile of products grown on our own door step”
The event was attended by over 30 MPs including high-profile Members and three Secretaries of State. Not only did Commons Speaker, John Bercow, drop in but Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities. Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and the Chief Whip, Sir George Young, as well as former Conservative leadership contender David Davis all came to sample Staffordshire’s produce.
The following Staffordshire MPs also attended:
- Christopher Pincher (Tamworth and event organiser)
- Michael Fabricant (Lichfield)
- Aidan Burley (Cannock)
- Gavin Williamson (South Staffordshire)
- Karen Bradley (Staffordshire Moorlands)
- Paul Farrelly (Newcastle Under Lyme)
- Tristram Hunt (Stoke Central)
- Joan Walley (Stoke North)
- Robert Flello (Stoke South)
Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, was unable to attend, as he was involved in the response to the Francis Report on Mid Staffs hospital.