Food and drink businesses in the South Downs National Park are getting a free publicity boost through a new online directory and networking service to help promote produce to residents and visitors.
Food businesses within a ten mile radius of the National Park – from country pubs and farm shops to farmers’ markets and wine tasting – can register at www.southdownsfood.org
The site, launching in spring 2015, will give visitors, residents and businesses quick access to accurate information about food and drink available in the South Downs.
The website www.southdownsfood.org is being created by Natural Partnerships Community Interest Company (CIC) with the support of the South Downs National Park Authority and the Southern Co-operative.
Natural Partnerships CIC has a strong background in supporting local food and farming, including founding the Sussex Food and Drink Awards, they are also developing a programme of activities to help local businesses link up and work together.
Co-director of Natural Partnerships CIC Hilary Knight said: “The website will showcase the wonderful produce here and help support local businesses to work together to share and overcome their day-to-day challenges.
“We are creating new business opportunities joining up the whole food and drink chain in and around the National Park and building awareness of the South Downs special flavours across the UK.”
Chief executive of the South Downs National Park, Trevor Beattie said: “From artisan cheese, ‘super-food’ watercress, wild venison, micro-breweries and some of the best sparkling wines in the world, the South Downs should be recognised for high-quality, sustainable food almost as much as its spectacular beauty and tranquil spaces. Helping people find and appreciate this wonderful produce will make sure these businesses benefit from being part of the South Downs National Park.”