Today I visited the Source Trade Show at Exeter Westpoint. There were lots of interesting exhibitors. I was concentrating on the Devon and Cornish foodie ones - there were quite a lot of both. There were also many visitors. I really liked these products from the Coast and Country Range from Proctor and Clark.
I know that we have plenty of great food and drink on our doorstep in Devon but apparently Devon has been named as the 'best place to live in the UK' (according to a survey by Country Life).
Devon came top in five categories: the best for green credentials, local food, pubs, heritage and landscape. I think this helped the attendance of the show. Devon is a desirable 'market'.
I cannot fault the show - pleasant wardens in the car parks, the door was opened to me as I entered the building, swift ticketing, clean loos, plenty of interesting exhibitors and a good opportunity to look at and sample wares and talk to others. The place was busy but not overly crowded and the popular stalls had many people around them. Hopefully, this will prove a successful event for clients, suppliers, the show organisers and Westpoint.
I would like to give a special mention to Jeff at Taste Buds Magazine, Hayley from Food and Drink Devon and Raw PR, Ben at Bird and Wild Coffee ....