Prime Minister to be served up oatcakes at best of Staffordshire festival
PRIME Minister David Cameron was set to join MPs from across the UK today in a celebration of the region's finest food and drink.
The Staffordshire Food and Drink Festival will showcase produce from 22 companies at the House of Commons.
Every MP in the country has been invited, as well as the PM.
Traders hope to use the festival to boost the region's reputation as a 'foody' county.
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Susie Keenan, director of Brown and Green, a food retailer based at Trentham gardens, said: "We are very honoured to be asked to play a part in showing off Staffordshire and it's food and drink.
"We really work hard to champion local produce so its a fantastic reward for us to be able to do it."
Susie and store manager, Jules Pimlott will show off a selection of local favourites including oatcakes and pikelets, Hasbean coffee, Wizard apple juice and cider, Taste of the Moorland Oaties and a range homemade chutneys.
They will be joined by six other companies from North Staffordshire.
Rupert Evans, of Denstone Farm Hall, said he hoped to 'fly the flag' for Staffordshire produce.
He and wife Emma have run the farm shop for six years.
They were recently named Local Food Producer of the Year at the Taste of Staffordshire Awards. Rupert said: "We're showcasing some of our favourite produce, all of which is homemade.
"We wanted to take food that people can just pick up and snack on as they're walking around the festival, like scotch eggs, sausage rolls and cakes.
"It would be great to have a chat with the Prime Minister about all that Staffordshire has to offer.
"People don't seem to realise the variety and quality of produce available here."
Emily Whitehead who founded the business directory website Simply Staffordshire also hopes to promote the county.
She said: "We will be encouraging MPs to understand our county better and to fall in love with it."
Food will be served on tableware provided by the Dudson Group.
Katie Dudson, marketing manager, said: "We are proud of our long association in supplying tableware to the House of Commons and delighted that our product will also be used to showcase the best Staffordshire has to offer in food and drink."
Joan Walley, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, said: "It's really important for our local suppliers to showcase the excellent produce available.
"This will be a chance for Staffordshire to build a reputation as a top food producer."