Plans unveiled for Hyde Park food and farming festival

Plans unveiled for Hyde Park food and farming festival
30th Jun 2011

ESSEX farmer Guy Smith has announced plans for a major food, farming and countryside festival at London’s Hyde Park, which he hopes will take place in 2013.

 

He believes the event, if it goes ahead, could match the success of the 1989 Hyde Park food festival, which attracted over one million people.

Mr Smith, who is working with fellow NFU council members Minette Batters and Andrew Brown on the project, has approached the organisers of the 1989 event about the possibility of a repeat.

He stressed that it is still ‘early days’ yet and that the team is currently working on a business plan.

But he told NFU council on Tuesday morning that if it goes ahead, the festival would showcase the best of English or British food and farming. He pointed out that the demise of the Royal Show had left English farmers without a flagship event to promote what they produce, and what they offer on top in terms of environmental management, to the wider public.  

Mr Smith said the group had opted for 2013, as London would be pre-occupied with the Olympics next year.    

He said the event would be free to enter and would not be a profit-making event. But he warned it would be ‘seriously expensive’ to stage, costing an estimated £4m, meaning ‘all ideas of how to raise money for the event will need to be looked at’.

The idea was well received by NFU council, with one member describing it as a ‘great idea’.

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