Local Producers Pop-up At Prince Bishops Shopping Centre
A THREE-MONTH long pop-up programme to give food and drink producers from across County Durham the chance to showcase their products and explore potential routes to market is being held at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre from July 2019. Each week during the three-month initiative, select groups of producers of food and drink goods from County Durham will come together at a converted unit at Prince Bishops to showcase their products, push out their brand and meet visitors and tourists who descend on the city every day.
The event is a collaboration between All Durham, the brainchild of entrepreneurs Grant Thompson and Chris Donovan, the Durham Food and Drink Network, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, Business Durham and Durham County Council, whose Targeted Business Improvement (TBI) scheme funded the project. Grant Thompson said: “What Chris and I wanted to do was create a space that champions local food and drink producers, providing them with a platform to showcase their fantastic products to a diverse and large audience of shoppers.
“There are some wonderful, tasty goods made right here in County Durham, however we’re not shouting loudly enough about them and that’s something we want to change. We want our area to be known as much for our food produce as it is for the wonderful cathedral and castle, university and vast history and heritage and this pop-up initiative is a great way to show people just what our participants have to offer.”
The pop-up programme will run from early July until the end of September and visitors to Durham City are encouraged to drop in and sample some of the produce being showcased. Richard Toynbee, Centre Manager at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, said:
“We’re delighted to host the three-month pop-up initiative which will not only highlight the fantastic food and drink products made right here in County Durham but also attract additional visitors to the shopping centre and the wider city centre area.”
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