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A Taste of Surrey descends on the Houses of Parliament

THE PRIME MINISTER and Surrey MPs were offered a Taste of Surrey when a group of food and Chris-with-David-Cameron-184x135drink producers descended on Parliament this week to showcase the flavours of the county.

In recognition of Surrey’s entrepreneurial spirit and volunteering efforts and in support of rural businesses, farmers and visitor attractions, Anne Milton MP asked Visit Surrey to bring a “Taste of Surrey” to the Houses of Parliament.

Christine Howard, Chairman of Visit Surrey and the Surrey Hills Society comments;

“We wanted to smash the impression held by many in Westminster that Surrey is a dull suburban outpost of London, when in fact it has an amazing tourism offering,” she said. “As well as showcasing the growing confidence in Surrey’s local food and drink, we want to demonstrate the success of the Government’s policy to encourage the use of social enterprises, volunteers and businesses to drive the local economy.” Visit Surrey is working in partnership with Local Food Surrey founder, Tracy Carroll and put together an amazing array of tasty treats for the MPs to try.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity to prove to Westminster that Surrey has a thriving food and drink community and produces a rich diversity of products,” said Tracy. “For instance, we took prestigious wines that more than rival those produced by the French and one, from Albury Organic Vineyard, which was served on the Royal Barge during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The event was the brain-child of Guildford MP, Anne Milton MP who played host on the day.  Anne comments:  “It is great how everyone has got behind this.  I am very grateful to Visit Surrey and Local Food Surrey for their fantastic organisation and bringing a Taste of Surrey to Westminster.  We often are not aware of what goes on and what is produced on our own doorstep – this is just an example of the wonderful things Surrey has to offer!”

For more information on Visit Surrey, please visit www.visitsurrey.com