London's biggest celebration of local food

New Covent Garden Market is to host the largest meeting in modern times of food producers local to London.

The event, called A Celebration of Local Food will be held on 6 February and will bring together local producers, wholesalers and distributors from in and around London for a trade fair and conference, allowing chefs and professional buyers from the private and public sectors to try out the best that London and surrounding regions has to offer.

The open day is part of a three year project between Covent Garden Market Authority and the south east to get more local food on the capital's plates via wholesalers and catering distributors based at the market. The day will see a renewed drive for the market to buy more produce from its surrounding regions.

The day starts at 7am with a tour of the market for producers. After breakfast producers from the south east and East Anglia will showcase local seasonal ingredients for wholesalers, distributors and chefs to sample and discuss.

A conference, called Share to Supply, run by English Farming and Food Partnerships (EFFP) looks at the opportunities for supplying local food to London and the south east. Speakers include Jenny Jones, chair of London Food Board. The conference showcases a number of examples where producers are already successfully working together to supply the public and food service sectors, as well as providing practical advice on initiating such ventures.

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