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VENI project and VEE promote tourism and skills at The Suffolk Show

The Suffolk Show is back and after a two-year absence – and Visit East of England and the VENI project be there with a stand packed with activities designed to promote the local visitor economy and also entertain visitors.

Local hospitality and tourism businesses from across Suffolk and Norfolk will use the stand space to highlight their business. Alongside this the stand will promote the amazing choice of career opportunities within the sector.

Some of the region’s top chefs are dropping by to entertain visitors from the Local Flavours Cookery Theatre, including Lee Cooper from the Bedford Lodge, Newmarket, and Maria Broadbent from Casa in Bury St Edmunds. Joining them on stage will be college Chefs Stuart Ascott from West Suffolk College, Chris Martin from Suffolk New College, and Dave Patterson from East Coast College. All aiming to get young people and others excited about the culinary arts.

The regions first ‘Latte Art Throwdown’ is also taking place on the stand with Baristas competing in the Suffolk heat for a place in the East Anglia final later in the year, supported by Mad About Coffee, Rancilio, Glebe Farm and BWT. The competition mixed in with talks on everything coffee, will get across the depth of professionalism within the industry.

Other exhibitors on the stand will include the Our Bury team, promoting the town as a place to visit and in the year the St Edmundsbury Cathedral is celebrating its 1000th year. Watatunga Wildlife Reserve and winner of the EofE New Tourism Business of the Year 2021-2022 will be promoting conservation and nature. Whilst The Evidence Room from Bury will encourage some creative thinking as visitors are invited to partake in an escape room challenge or two.

Keen to get visitors to the stand to spend time getting to know more about the Visitor Economy and its contribution to the local economy West Suffolk College, Local Flavours and Casa will be serving refreshments both days, provided by local producers, and inviting donations for the Red Cross Ukrainian Appeal.

Finally, who doesn’t like a Gin and Tonic. Home Farm Gin will be serving G&Ts from their horsebox and again raising funds for the charity from all sales made.

VEE and the VENI Project will also be at The Royal Norfolk Show late June and aim to be back at the Suffolk and Norfolk Shows 2023 to continue on the mission to raise the profile of businesses working within the local Visitor Economy and the wonderful career opportunities it presents.

All enquiries to the Local Flavours team or telephone 01603 702374.