Launch night: Chester Food Assembly

I’ve been excited about the launch of Chester Food Assembly since I first heard about it.  As only the second in the UK, following successful developments of around 400 in France and Belgium in the past two years, it’s a great feeling that our little city gets a Food Assembly so early on.

A Food Assembly is a social enterprise that gives people the chance to order food weekly online direct from a range of local producers. There is a pick up point in the local area where you can also meet the producers and get to know more about the food you’re buying and eating. It’s a genius idea.  Great for promoting local food producers, practical and accessible for shoppers, that combines the convenience of online shopping with the community and social aspect that comes from being able to meet the suppliers, collect the goodies from a local meeting place (and pub) and the generally lovely vibe that Katie, Chester Food Assembly founder has created around the whole thing.

The launch event at Telford’s Warehouse (the weekly host & collection place) was bursting full of eager visitors. We arrived just as it opened at 6.30pm to a host of suppliers offering free tastings in preparation for us to buy their products online via the website. Wow the tastings were gooood! From deep nutty bread whose flour was milled this morning (seriously!) to gorgeous local honey, rich Cheshire Brie, and the tastiest organic apple I have ever eaten, it all surpassed my expectations. Everything I tried had a depth and complexity to it that stood out.

Judging by the turn out Chester Food Assembly has been welcomed with open arms, I can’t wait to try my first shopping experience!  Sign up for updates and information on the amazing local and regional producers here

Twitter: @Chesterfood




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