Taste Tideswell is a community led social enterprise project that aims to stimulate the local economy of Tideswell by transforming its food economy.
Taste Tideswell-Inspiring Local Food
As a community we want to know more about where our food comes from and arrest and reverse the decline in rural retailing.
We run the Tideswell School of Food, The Tideswell Made branding scheme for local food producers, and a community growing programme to encourage more people to cultivate more of the food they eat.
The village won significant funding support from the BIG Lottery Fund under the BBC/ BIG Lottery Fund Village SOS scheme, and we are being filmed for a BBCOne programme to be aired in Spring 2011.
We are aiming to improve everyone’s expertise in growing, making, cooking, and selling good food and develop our artisan food industry. We want to make Tideswell famous, with a reputation and capability in food summed up in a nationally known and trusted brand, Tideswell Made.
The project comprises 5 key elements:
- Grow It – community engagement via growing of edible crops;
- Cook It –the financial engine of the project and its highest profile element. We will run community and leisure based cookery courses in the Tideswell School of Food.
- Make It - a small incubator kitchen for start-up food businesses and a nano- brewery, plus mentoring and consultancy from Tim Nicol
- Sell It - the development and launch of a food brand, Tideswell Made, to be used as a trust mark for existing and new food producers in the village, and as an umbrella mark for the project. Sell It will include a variety of marketing activities to drive awareness of, and engagement in, the project as a whole, and to encourage higher local spending on food and tuition from villagers and visitors alike.
- Share It - we will capture and publicise all of our experience for the benefit of others, both as a part of a major BIG learning campaign and as part of our own education activities.