Information about what local food is, where you can buy it, benefits of buying it, supporting the local food sector and finding out about events.
There is no single definition of 'local food', but it typically relates to produce which has been grown, reared, caught or produced close to where it will be sold.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Local Food Network classes 'local food' as that grown, reared or caught in the East Riding or within 30 miles of the county boundary. Any secondary/processed product such as a pie or quiche must use at least one locally sourced main ingredient in order to be classed as 'local food'.
Local food and drink is becoming increasingly available through farm shops and direct farm sales, at farmers markets and food festivals, and through a range of other retail outlets.
Restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, tearooms and tourist attractions are also increasingly using locally sourced ingredients in their menus.
The Enjoy Local Food & Drink Guide 2015-16 promotes the wonderful local produce available in the area and businesses which have a commitment to sourcing local food and drink where possible. The guide features local food and drink producers, information on where to buy and where to enjoy local food and drink in and around East Yorkshire, together with a food festival and events diary and a farmers' markets calendar.
Copies of the guide produced by the East Yorkshire Local Food Network are available from ERYC customer service centres, tourist information centres, libraries and leisure centres. They are also available at participating businesses, farmers' markets, food festivals and country shows in and around East Yorkshire.
Enjoy Local Food & Drink Guide 2015-16 (pdf 5.6mb opens in a new window)
The Visit Hull and East Yorkshire website also provides information about some of the many places you can buy and enjoy local food and drink.
Visit Hull and East Yorkshire - places to eat (external website)
Local food and drink offers good quality and value, and is often less expensive than you might think. There is also a wide variety of fresh, seasonal produce available throughout the year.
Buying local food and drink also benefits the local economy, helping to support small businesses and keeping money in the local community. Local food events are also fun!
You might want to visit your local farmers market, farm shop, food festival or other specialist local food retailer if you haven't already done so, or consider joining a box scheme which can deliver fresh products directly to your home.
A number of regular farmers markets are held every month throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire. You can find out your nearest farmers market on the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire website.
Visit Hull and East Yorkshire - farmers market (external website)
You could also ask your local shop, cafe, restaurant or pub to stock or use locally-sourced food and drink if they do not already.
The East Yorkshire Local Food Network website offers information about farmers markets, and other local food and drink events.
Enjoy East Yorkshire (external website)
Or follow us on Twitter @ER_Local_Food.