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The Islands’ Partnership has won a Food Tourism Grant worth £21,750 as part of DEFRA’s five-year Great British Food Campaign. The “Scilly Food & Drink” Project is one of 10 successful projects from across Britain to benefit from the Department’s Food Tourism Grant Scheme designed to showcase Britain’s rich food heritage and traditions and celebrate the people who grow and make it, as well as the beauty of the countryside and coastlines it comes from.

The Scilly Food & Drink Project sets out to harness Scilly’s locally distinctive food and drink offer as a means of growing the islands’ appeal, attracting new audiences and extending the tourism season. The grant will be used to establish a distinctive brand and identity for Scilly’s food and drink sector – from local producers, fisherman and farmers, to chefs, restaurants and suppliers – which will be supported by engaging visitor experiences.

“Between now and the end of March, we will look to really get under the skin of what makes our local food and drink so special and distinctive to Scilly,” says Islands’ Partnership Executive Director, David Jackson. “The Taste of Scilly celebration in September was just a starter in terms of what these islands can offer. With the DEFRA grant funding, we have a real opportunity to build a cohesive food and drink brand for Scilly, which, alongside the supporting industry toolkit can act as a real catalyst for the islands wider visitor economy.”

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom adds: “From tatty cake to the Islands’ fine wine, there is huge passion for food and drink on the Isles of Scilly. Creating a brand specific to the islands will harness the distinctive food and drink it has to offer and attract new visitors, boosting the local economy for the producers, fishermen and farmers who are the heart of the industry.”  #foodisGREAT