THERE’S more to the Boro food scene than the humble parmo…

Middlesbrough’s thriving food scene is drawing rave reviews, and looking beyond the town’s traditional fast food stereotypes.

And later this month a special event will throw a spotlight on the delicious food the region has to offer, and show how Middlesbrough is now leading the way when it comes to healthy and sustainable food.

Beyond the Parmo – taking place at The Hub, Teesside University Students’ Union on Wednesday, November 15, 9.30am – 4.30pm – aims to raise the profile of what has been achieved, showcasing best practice and case studies on how these achievements can be replicated elsewhere.

Led by Middlesbrough Food Partnership, the day will feature a programme of exciting, inspirational and informative talks, workshops and activities.

Keynote speakers include Professor Martin Caraher, City University London’s Centre for Food Policy and the effervescent Pam Warhurst, founding member of Incredible Edibles.

Visitors will also hear from Teesside’s food heroes – those inspirational people who are changing the face of Middlesbrough’s food culture and really putting the town on the map as a great place to buy and eat food.

Other elements include:

  • Meet the Producer featuring local producers and suppliers showing off some of the fantastic produce the region has to offer
  • Workshops on replicable best practice with first-hand accounts from the local businesses and institutions that are making a big difference
  • A guided walk-through tour of Middlesbrough’s new food quarter
  • A visit and tour of main event sponsor and food business champion Warrens Group’s anaerobic digestion plant

Middlesbrough Environment City Food Partnership Manager Joe Dunne said: “The past few years have seen a complete transformation of Middlesbrough’s food scene, and we have so much more to offer than just the parmo.

“The town now boasts not only a vibrant food nightlife with a resurgence of high quality local independent restaurants, cafes and bars, but a thriving movement of local and sustainable food procurement.

“It’s helping the town become a place where local people can eat good quality, healthy food that is easy to buy, offers value for money and is produced locally wherever possible.”

  • Beyond the Parmo is free and aimed at anyone who works with or has an interest in food, whether as a business or an individual.

Booking is essential – to secure a place visit www.growingmiddlesbrough.org.uk

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