Flying the Culinary Flag

Three local food and drink businesses will team up and fly the flag for Manx produce at one of the UK’s largest trade shows this month.

The three-day Farm Shop & Deli Show sees thousands of people attend the NEC in Birmingham between 25 – 27 April to sample the finest food and drink from across the British Isles.

This year, thanks to support from the DEFA, Fynoderee Distillery, Isle of Man Creamery and Angelica Belle will exhibit together to champion Manx produce. This action supports the aim for diversification and new product development within the Food Matters Strategy and promotes local food and drink on a national scale.

Fynoderee will be showcasing their product range of gins, vodka and run, the Isle of Man Creamery will talk about their award-winning cheeses and environmentally friendly cartons, and Angelica Belle will display their luxury brand of Amaretti Cookies made in the Isle of Man.

Three Peaks

Accountancy firm Crowe is to sponsor The Children’s Centre’s Manx 3 Peaks Challenge for the second year in succession. 

This is the third year in a row when The Children’s Centre will be hosting the event. The event takes place on Saturday July 16 and challenges walkers to set out from sea level in Ramsey to conquer North Barrule, Snaefell and Beinn-y-Phott, before finishing on Laxey Promenade.

Crowe CEO Phaedra Bird said: ‘Crowe was pleased to have sponsored last year’s Manx 3 Peaks Challenge and, on a personal note, I was proud to have taken part last year and to have been involved in a community event that clearly captured so many people’s hearts and minds and succeeded in raising nearly £22,000 for The Children’s Centre. 

Crowe CEO Phaedra Bird and directors Debbie Clague Andy McLarney with The Children Centre’s Sharon Connor

‘Crowe has been operating in the island for more than 35 years and has long been committed to being “a good neighbour”, investing in the community in ways that can make a lasting difference. The services The Children’s Centre provides to children, young adults and families have the power to be truly transformational. We’re therefore pleased to be sponsoring this year’s Manx 3 Peaks Challenge. This is an event that provides an opportunity for people to challenge themselves, get out into the Manx countryside and re-connect with nature and, at the same, help to raise money for a very worthwhile local cause.’

Governor Visits

Yesterday, the Guvnor, Lady Lorimer and Midge the dog, were invited to visit Sight Matters (Manx Blind Welfare) at Corrin Court in Onchan to learn about the charity and the invaluable work it does for those with sight impairment on the Isle of Man.

After walking around the Freedom Field sensory garden, Sir John and Lady Lorimer met and chatted with members, volunteers and staff of the purpose-built site at Corrin Court, where an impressive range of services and activities are provided. With grateful thanks to Chairman, Charles Fargher, Vice Chairman John Riley and Chief Executive, Ian Cooil as well as all involved, for an interesting and uplifting visit.