Foodie focus for garden centre’s ‘Meet the Heartisans’ weekend

One of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres is to host a celebration of local food and drink in its recently refurbished Food Hall.

Hearty’s Food Hall at Tong Garden Centre near Bradford are hosting a ‘Meet the Heartisans’ weekend to mark the start of British Food Fortnight which begins on 18th September and will showcase local and regional producers and makers who have been listed in Hearty’s for their uniqueness and quality.

The two-day event on 18th and 19th September will feature different producers on each day and will include tastings and special offers for customers.

Food Hall Manager, Andy Bradley said: “We’re proud and excited to host our first food and drink tasting event in Hearty’s and are looking forward to welcoming some of our fantastic local and regional suppliers to Tong, in addition to our talented in-house team of butchers and bakers.

“Over the weekend, visitors will be able to meet the makers and try a range of food and drink products before they buy, hopefully discovering something they’ve never tried before and be inspired by our choice of all occasion dishes.

“There will be a range of produce including award-winning pies and pastries, gourmet chocolates and freshly baked goods, locally crafted beers, spirits and an array of artisan jams, chutneys and pickles. Why not come along and treat yourself to something special?”

A national celebration of British food and drink, British Food Fortnight is held annually to coincide with harvest festival and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of buying and eating from the “home produced British larder.”

Producers who will be holding tasting sessions over the weekend include Wold Top Brewery, Sloemotion, Marrds Marinades, Hooting Owl Distillery, Gourmet Chocolate Pizza, Dinnewell’s Gin, Raisthorpe Manor and Stephenson’s pies and members of Hearty’s Butchery, Bakery and Deli teams will be on hand to share their expertise, hints and tips as well as offering samples to try.

The Meet the Heartisans event is free to attend and takes place in and around Hearty’s Food Hall from 11am on both days.

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