Ministers get a taste of a great Kent Breakfast

Government Ministers and Kent’s MPs showed their support for the county’s produce at a special event at the Houses of Parliament.

Visit Kent, promoting its Kent Breakfast initiative, was among the exhibitors at Kent Day on May 15, when visitors included David Heath MP, Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Hosted by Gareth Johnson, the MP for Dartford, other prominent attendees included Hugh Robertson, MP for Faversham and Mid Kent and Minister of State for Tourism, Michael Fallon, MP for Sevenoaks and Minister of State for Business and Enterprise and Minister of State for Energy, and Damian Green, MP for Ashford and Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice.

Other Kent MPs to support the event were Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe), Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey), Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford), Helen Grant (Maidstone and the Weald), Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham), Charlie Elphicke (Dover), and Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling).

Exhibitors included Produced in Kent, Shepherd Neame, Westerham Brewery, Brogdale, Biddenden Vineyards and Cheesemakers of Canterbury.

“Kent really put on a show to be proud of, and it was wonderful opportunity for us to promote our Kent Breakfast campaign,” said Amanda Cottrell, Chairman of Visit Kent.

Kent Breakfast encourages hotels, B&Bs, cafes and restaurants to serve breakfasts consisting of at least 60 per cent of ingredients produced within the county. Those participating receive marketing support including window stickers with the Kent Breakfast logo and information leaflets to give to guests.

“We were amazed at the number of people who visited over the course of the day and went away with a real taste for the county’s produce,” said Amanda. “To be able to have such direct access to David Heath was a great opportunity.”

Kent’s MPs showed their support for the Kent Breakfast campaign by signing a giant breakfast egg.

“We are grateful to all of those MPs who took the time to come along and publicly show their support for Kent Breakfast,” said Amanda. “As a county we have such a diverse range of breakfast ingredients readily available and it’s important that we get the message out that it is so easy to enjoy them when you visit Kent.

“Credit must go to Produced in Kent, who showcased a number of Kent’s producers, as well as the companies who exhibited on the day. It gave Parliament a wonderful taste of the county.”

Gareth Johnson MP added: “This event was an opportunity to show off the wide range of quality produce we have in this county.

“It was great to have the assistance of Visit Kent for this event who are carrying out some fantastic work in helping to promote local producers.

“Events like this, alongside Visit Kent’s Kent Breakfast initiative, enable people to see the diverse range of food and drink that we have available locally.”

Photo Caption: David Heath MP, Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with Amanda Cottrell, Chairman of Visit Kent

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