Monday, 3 December 2018

Celebrating West Sussex Food and Drink

The Romans knew a thing or two when they invaded the South East. The temperate climate and fertile soils meant the area was a food basket for them and nothing has really changed since.

In West Sussex, thanks to the continuing gentle climate,  those fertile soils continue provide produce to enable growers to make a variety of food and drink including tomatoes, peppers, sweetcorn, wheat, beers, ales, juices and wine- red, white and of course sparkling. Sheep, cattle and pigs graze the downs and land around our county and let’s not forget all the fish, fresh from our coast.  I know that some people are not aware of just how much food is grown and produced in West Sussex. It is another of our best kept secrets but it is also very important for the local economy and the countryside.

We are encouraging more people to visit and explore the box of delights that is West Sussex through our Experience West Sussex brand, and food plays a very major part that offering.

We have some amazing produce here in West Sussex created by artisan food producers. The care, love and attention to detail ensures that we have some of the finest food around. Last Thursday we were showcasing a small range of some of the very best food at Westminster, thanks to Sir Peter Bottomley who was the sponsoring MP. It was just one of those very special days supported by Worthing’s very own MasterChef 2018 winner, Kenny Tutt. Kenny is a great fan of West Sussex produce and joined to help us on the day. We could not have asked for a better endorsement.

Producers from every constituency across West Sussex were busy throughout the day promoting all the very best West Sussex has to offer, from wines, still and sparking,  not forgetting gin and beers, as well as teas and coffee. An amazing range of the most delicious cheeses to bread, pies, chocolates and gingerbread men made in Crawley.

Talking to the producers, there was such a sense of pride in what they do and a huge amount of knowledge to create the very best.
I have to say I felt immensely proud to be Leader of a county that offers such amazing food and produce.

We are now in the Christmas period and what could be a better gift than some speciality food or wine made in West Sussex. Over the Festive season many of us will be out and about enjoying the magnificent great outdoors and I very much hope sampling the many foodie delights that makes West Sussex such a wonderful place to live and visit.

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