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14th December 2020

From pies to pickles, bread to beer, some of the county's favourite treats and tipples are now on sale under one roof at Rushden Lakes, thanks to an exciting new 'Support Local' partnership launching this week.

Made In Northamptonshire has teamed up with East Northamptonshire Council to offer visitors the opportunity to take home amazing produce that's all been lovingly created in the county.

The opportunity to showcase some of the county's artisan producers in one place is a dream come true: "When we launched MIN in January 2011, the aim was to lend our backing to our fabulous producers, helping raise their profile, finding stockists and promoting their wonderful wares to more people" explained Rachel Mallows, Director.

"Now, thanks to both The Crown Estate and East Northamptonshire District Council, we've found the perfect way to celebrate our ten-year anniversary with our very own shop, where buyers can come in, try some of the treats themselves and go home laden with local, quality produce, knowing it's all been made just a stone's throw from where they're standing."

Among those many county producers to be stocked on its shelves is Stonyfield Wine at Blisworth, whose Stonyfield Rosé 2016 was recently awarded a Gold in the 'Artisan Local Drink of the Year' category in the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards and partner, John Folliott-Vaughan, says they are thrilled to have this exciting opportunity to reach out to more wine-lovers: "MIN is a large part of a remarkable success story putting Northamptonshire firmly on the food and drink map and, over the last decade, they have gone out of their way to support and promote local producers, leading in our case to our success in the Awards and now the chance to showcase our wine in this new shop" said John.

"For a small family concern like us they have made a huge difference and we are truly delighted to support this exciting initiative, both as suppliers and, you can be sure, as customers, and will be lifting a glass of top-quality English sparkling wine in celebration of this fantastic venture!" he added.

Alongside Made In Northamptonshire, an East Northamptonshire Council business hub has been set up to continue and extend its 'Recovery Through Enterprise' scheme.

For details of the shop opening times, visit the group's Facebook page at @MINFoodandDrink.


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