Foodie focus for garden centre’s tasting event

A Bradford garden centre is to host a food tasting event to showcase Yorkshire produce next month.


Tong Garden Centre’s ‘Big Food Tasting Event‘ takes place on the 14th and 15th September, just a week before British Food Fortnight begins, and will shine the spotlight on the artisan producers from the region.


Tong’s Food and Gift Manager, Janice Astbury said: “We are excited to host our fourth celebration of food and drink and to welcome some of our fantastic local and regional suppliers to the Food Hall.


“We have some fantastic local producers in the Food Hall and, over the weekend, visitors will be able to meet the makers and try many food and drink products before they buy, hopefully discovering something they have never tried before. Many of the producers will have special offers on too, so it’s definitely worth a visit.”


Suppliers on the Saturday will include Huddersfield’s Fruity Tipples, Sarrunds chocolate, Stephensons Bakery, Yorkshire Heart Vineyard, Toppings pies and Gorgeous Cheesecakes. On the Sunday, visitors can enjoy tastings from producers including Wold Top Brewery, Lottie Shaw, Fentimans, Marrds Marinades and Grandma Wild’s biscuits.


On both days, members of the in house butchery and bakery teams will be on hand to share their expertise, hints and tips whilst showcasing some of their hand made produce for visitors to try – including sausages in tasty autumn flavours ‘hog roast’, ‘sticky’ toffee and bestselling caramelised onion flavours.


The ‘Big Food Tasting Event’ event takes place in the Food Hall at the Tong Lane site and starts at 11am on both days.


British Food Fortnight is a national celebration of British food and drink that is held annually to coincide with harvest festival. The aim of the fortnight is to raise awareness of the benefits of buying and eating from the “home produced British larder.”


Tong Garden Centre is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1000 cars.