Taste North East - Taste Club signs up its 1,000th member
PUBLISHED: 17:39 08 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:01 20 February 2013
More of us are looking to keep food and drink local and a regional food club is helping you get the best out of the North East. Sue Campbell reports
We like our food in the North East and theres been a huge growth in interest in recent years about where our food and drink comes from.
The local food message has really taken hold and many people see seeking out good quality food and drink as a hobby. The success of restaurants and cafes which blow the trumpet for local food is testament, as is the success of food fairs, cookery demonstrations and the growth of cookery courses across the region.
And so is this. The North Easts biggest food and drink promoter, Taste North East, has recently toasted signing up the 1,000th member of its Taste Club in just three months.
The club has attracted members from North Yorkshire and County Durham and up to the Scottish Borders. Its a free club and it offers news, information, offers and competitions to its members. Expansion plans include a Taste Club road show and special offer vouchers which can be printed from the website.
Taste Club members can also find out about cookery courses, demonstrations and festivals taking place all over the region, all in one place.
Jane Hogan, the chief executive of Taste North East, and a North East Life columnist, said: The growth has been fantastic. All we asked was that people have an interest in local food and drink and they have signed up in their droves.
They come from all over the North East and it shows how passionate many people are about their local food and drink. And of course that helps the regional producers and economy.
Taste North East is a not-for-profit membership company which aims to inspire everyone to discover source and share North East food and drink.
Jane said: The Taste Club is a very exciting project with direct engagement with the public and one we believe hasnt been done before.
We now have a target to sign up 10,000 in our first year and the momentum is certainly growing.
Taste North Easts members are businesses of all sizes and at every stage of the food supply chain from producers and manufacturers to food outlets, restaurants, retailers, pubs and hotels and the organisation promotes and helps add value to what they do.
New members of the Taste Club can sign up by visiting the Taste North Easts Facebook page: lovetastenortheast or the website www.tastenortheast.co.uk. Food and drink businesses interested in becoming a member of Taste North East can also register through the website.