A new event which unites local food and producers with regional buyers, under one roof, has been announced and will take place at Buxton’s Devonshire Dome.
The Peak District boasts lots of excellent food and drink producers and a diversity of artists and craftspeople but an increasing number of buyers from across the North West prefer to source merchandise from more local sources - in an attempt to minimise costs and environmental impact.
The new spring event will tackle that problem by giving both elements of the market a unique trading opportunity, while generating a boost for the Peak District’s economy. The newly formed Peak District Trade Fair will take place at the Devonshire Dome on 14th March from 10am until 1pm. Local food and drink producers, artists and craftspeople are invited to book a stand at the event, free of charge, and showcase their wares whilst buyers from across the North West are encouraged to visit the show, to see the best of what the region has to offer.
It has been has been created by a partnership which includes: High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Visit Peak District, Business Peak District, the European Union and LEADER, which is the UK government’s rural development initiative
As well as orgainising the event, the partnership have also arranged a free Learn to Pitch event, designed to advise exhibitors on effective sales techniques to use at the Peak District Trade Fair and in their marketing efforts.
Learn to Pitch will take place at the Devonshire Dome on the morning of 14th February, and will feature a successful local producer, who will offer his expert opinion on the best ways for local food and drink producers, artists and craftspeople to promote their wares. He will share the limelight with a local produce buyer, who will give tips on what customers want and how best to meet their needs.
Jane Price from High Peak Borough Council said: ”The Peak District Trade Fair will, for the first time, bring together the best the region has to offer, providing local producers and North West buyers with a unique and very valuable trading opportunity. The Learn to Pitch event will help exhibitors to learn to market their wares, and the benefit of this will last long beyond the fair itself.
“We are confident that the events will provide the local economy with a significant boost and look forward to them with great excitement.”
Exhibition space at the Peak District Trade Fair and places on the Learn to Pitch event are limited, so exhibitors and attendees are advised to book as soon as possible.
To book and for further details, visit the Peak District Trade Fair website.