Best of Cambridgeshire produce goes on show in Houses of Parliament

MP Shailesh Vara with some of the producers who attended the event in the Houses of Parliament.

MP Shailesh Vara with some of the producers who attended the event in the Houses of Parliament. - Credit: Archant

The best of local produce was showcased in the Houses of Parliament last Wednesday at a special Cambridgeshire Food and Drink Day.

North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara organised the event which took place after the chancellor, Philip Hammond, had completed his budget speech.

The event promoted produce from around the county including ales, cider, bread, cakes, meat products and olive oils.

Mr Vara said the aim of the event was to support and promote local producers so that they could showcase some of their products in parliament.

He said: “Cambridgeshire has some great food and drink producers and it was good that they were able to come to Parliament and showcase their products. This was a fantastic opportunity to display some of the best Cambridgeshire has to offer and it was certainly a very successful and well attended event.

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“I am grateful to my fellow local MPs as well as all the local producers who helped to make it such a memorable event.”

Among those from Huntingdonshire who attended were butchers Johnsons of Old Hurst; olive oil producers Rob and Pam Marsden, from Broughton; and cider makers Tony Hobbs and Ant Hobbs, from Huntingdon.

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Brian Finnerty, of NFU East Anglia, Jim McKeane, Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire county adviser, and East of England Agricultural Society duo Jeremy Staples and William Haire, also attended.

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