HOW Hampshire Fare CAN WORK FOR YOU!
If you are a local business growing, using or selling local produce, and based in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight,
or 10 miles of the county border, Hampshire Fare can add value to your business.
Hampshire Fare has been recognised both locally and nationally as one of the most dynamic and proactive food, drink and craft groups in the country. Set up in 1991 by a small group of farmers to promote local, Hampshire Fare has grown to around 400 members, draws on over 30 years’ experience and is supported by its Corporate Partners and Friends. Hampshire Fare makes things happen, champions local to both trade and consumer markets, and as a small community interest company makes a big difference to the welfare of its members.
As a member you are joining an exciting community of likeminded individuals and businesses, including producers, retailers, hospitality owners and trade services who all share the same passion for local. Members also enjoy exclusive access to a wide range of benefits such as opportunities, events, collaborations, publicity, marketing, and industry information.
Want to know what we can do for you? Just read below what our members say about Hampshire Fare!
"I really value the important role Hampshire Fare play in championing the county’s produce and making valuable connections both between producers, and between producers and new customers. We’ve benefited from Hampshire Fare’s support with cherry orchard open days, which we’ve organised as part of the Hampshire Food Festival, with Hampshire Fare’s influence bringing what we do to a wide audience via social media and other channels.”
William Selborne, Blackmoor Estate
Being a member of Hampshire Fare has been a real advantage for our business. Hampshire Fare has been an incredible support, not only as a resource for local knowledge (there is nothing that the team don’t know about!), but also for their networking events enabling us to meet other local producers and potential customers.”
Paul Rostand, Great British Biscotti
“I have long been a fan of Hampshire Fare. With community and local food being at the heart of what Hampshire Fare stands for, they have been so helpful and encouraging to us over the years. In our early days, they were a reassuring voice championing the best of local, encouraging folk to look close to home and discover the joys of local produce. As we have grown, I am so grateful they have been there to help us navigate various routes to market.”
Nuala Grandcourt, Wild Island Ltd
“We have been members of Hampshire Fare for many years and it continues to be invaluable to us! Tracy and the team always go above and beyond to support us on social media, helping us increase brand awareness, sharing our stories and connecting us with local businesses. The networking events are always fun, informative and there’s a great ‘family’ feel!"
Alexandra Munday, Laverstoke Park Farm
“Hampshire Fare are a great team. They always look after our interests and are constantly promoting our business to both trade and the general public.”
Julia Lovejoy-Brinkman, Bowman Ales Ltd
“Hampshire Fare are great champions of Hampshire’s fantastic food and drink producers, and there’s no question that The Hampshire Fare team have helped us build confidence and grow our brand.”
Sarah Nelson, River Test Distillery
"Joining Hampshire Fare gave us an opportunity to do more for local producers. We are proud to be members and share the great work Hampshire Fare does. Hampshire Fare’s efforts do make such a difference!”
Leslie Barry, Enham Village Stores
“Being a member of Hampshire Fare gives our business the opportunity to stay connected, especially given our location on the Isle of Wight. It also allows us to be more aware of opportunities to network and collaborate with like-minded businesses. Most importantly, Hampshire Fare help champion the incredible produce created in our region."
Daniella Voisey, The Tomato Stall
“Being a proud member of Hampshire Fare has given us industry insights, notifications of relevant upcoming events and enormous networking opportunities. With Hampshire produce being some of the very best in the UK, for over 30 years Hampshire Fare has been an outstanding organisation promoting the huge variety of local food, drink, venues and support services. Their Where to Buy, Where to Eat, Where to Stay and Where to Learn approach has given local producers a platform to shout from!”
Dich Oatly, Portsmouth Distillery
"Hampshire Fare have been a great ambassador; being well established and very well-recognised, people trust what Hampshire Fare is doing and talking about. Hampshire Fare have been an integral part of our brand awareness, linking us into local events. Being part of Hampshire Fare’s Local Produce Guide has drip fed us guests for our Vineyards Walks and Wine Tasting Experiences, and continues to generate exposure for us. Hampshire Fare is a real community of like-minded individuals and businesses. This is a fun and exciting environment to be in with regular networking events where we can connect with local businesses to help push each other's produce and collaborate on new ideas and products. Hampshire Fare is a true creative hub!"
Nathaniel McConnell, Bluestone Vineyards
“Hampshire Fare’s support during lockdown was fantastic, putting us into contact with many suppliers and chefs who were willing to help with online lessons and support our learners. Arranging a joint college meeting with John Williams, Executive Chef, The Ritz, was one of many good examples. Every year in our Restaurant at BCOT we hold a Hampshire Fare Menu, which helps us educate our future chefs on local produce, and Hampshire Fare are always really helpful with contacts, suppliers and supporting the event.”
Justin Mundy, Skills Lecturer for Hospitality and Catering, Basingstoke College of Technology
"Being a member of Hampshire Fare has been great fun, with the events, the directories, the networking, the ‘meet the buyer’ days. You’re part of a huge foodie club! In the last 16 months Hampshire Fare has kept members informed with critical information on grants, bounce back loans, and changes in legislation. Then, when we started our own delivery service, followed by our pop-up deli, the now firmly established Hampshire Deli & Farm Shop, we needed suppliers, and it was Hampshire Fare members we turned to. We now also supply our own product to other fellow Hampshire Fare members.”
Barry Walker, The Hampshire Salami Co and Hampshire Deli & Farm Shop
Interested in joining Hampshire Fare? Don't miss this opportunity; join today. Belong to a community that listens, responds, encourages, advises, supports and delivers. Working together to help your business prosper.