Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 2°C


Flying Dutch delegate to get red carpet treatment at East Anglian food and drink showcase

PUBLISHED: 08:54 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 20 September 2018

Local Flavours 2015 trade show of East Anglia's food and drink producers Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Local Flavours 2015 trade show of East Anglia's food and drink producers Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


A group of Dutch buyers is set to get a VIP welcome at an East Anglian food and drink showcase as the region strives to encourage more trade with the Netherlands.

Local Flavours 2017 Picture: SONYA DUNCANLocal Flavours 2017 Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

More than 100 of the region’s food and drink producers will be at Local Flavours, which is returning to the Norfolk Showground Arena on Wednesday, September 26, where they will be hoping to attract interest from around 1,000 buyers attending.

Among these will be a group of Dutch buyers, who will get the red carpet treatment. The Dutch presence reflects a historical tie with the region dating back to the 1560s when the first ‘Strangers’ arrived, and a present one through the oil, gas, and renewables sector in the southern North Sea, as well as aviation, agri-tech and food processing.

The ambition to encourage further trade links between the east and the Netherlands follows last year’s visit to the region by the Dutch Ambassador Simon Smits, who met with local firms and civic representatives.

The initiative is sponsored by the private and public sector, including support from Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, Norfolk and Suffolk Chamber and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Local Flavours showcase 2017 Picture: SONYA DUNCANLocal Flavours showcase 2017 Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Local Flavours organisers believe increased use of east coast ports for importing and exporting produce from areas such as the Netherlands has potential and may move up the agenda if delays and traffic jams affecting commercial vehicles on the south coast become more frequent occurrence.

Chris Starkie, chief executive of New Anglia LEP, said he was “delighted” that Dutch buyers will be among those attending.

“We already have strong connections with businesses in Holland and there is a lot going on to further strengthen those networks, so I’m sure they will enjoy meeting some of our fantastic local food and drink producers,” he said.

Valerie Watson-Brown, director of organiser The Lively Crew, said: “This year we will be joined by national retailers Fortum and Masons and Ocado, first-timers along with many others, giving our producers even more opportunity to meet new customers.

“The Dutch connection adds a new dimension and we are pleased our sponsors and supporters have used Local Flavours as a producer showcase to attract overseas buyers.”

Trade officials of Dutch province Drenthe signed a partnership agreement with Norfolk and Suffolk in September.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

It is a swanky diner which brings a touch of American culture to the streets of Ipswich.

An elderly woman was comforted by a local dog while she spent three and a half hours shivering on a Suffolk road waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Get out the hats, gloves and overcoats today as it’s going to be cold.

A proposal to create 100 new homes on the site of former council offices looks set to be refused.

A 16-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the car park of a McDonald’s restaurant in Ipswich during a violent fight in front of shocked members of the public, it has been alleged.

This year’s Surviving Winter appeal has got off to one of its best ever starts in Suffolk – and has been boosted by a record £30,000 match funding pledge.

Suffolk police are appealing for witnesses after a HGV failed to stop after colliding with another vehicle in Ipswich.

Christmas has arrived in the Ipswich high street with festive displays in many windows - we find out what is selling fast and how sales are comparing to last year.

Author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz visited Woodbridge to give a talk at Seckford Hall about his life and works. We caught up with him to talk about his home in Orford, his love for Suffolk and how he plans to spend eternity in the county.

An Ipswich man who drove with no headlights after drinking eight cans of lager at a barbecue has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Show Job Lists

Most read

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24