Big Lottery Fund chief executive Peter Wanless learnt the ingredients of brewing success during a visit to the Taste Tideswell project.
Peter and Mick McGrath, head of the Big Lottery Fund’s East Midlands region, took part in a course taught by master brewer Zane Barnes when they visited the new Tideswell School of Food.
Peter visited to see the progress that has been made since the £400k lottery funding was awarded a year ago and to hear Taste Tideswell’s plans for a sustainable local food economy.
In addition to using the nano-brewery he also inspected other facilities in the school of food, including a commercial kitchen available for hire to local businesses, and met locals in the village pub.
“I’ve been really pleased to see the establishment of so many new and promising projects that are working to satisfy the social needs of the village, whilst dealing with the financial demands of start-up businesses,” he said.
“It has been fantastic over the past year to watch the Village SOS projects progress from concept to reality. Taste Tideswell was one of the first businesses to launch and having seen it for myself, I can understand why it has attracted so much praise.”
Peter’s visit follows the project’s successful Tideswell Festival of Food, which attracted around 2,000 visitors from across the region.
“We were very gratified to receive so much interest and support from members of the public through what was a very busy day,” said village champion Tim Nicol.
“Coming on top of that, Peter’s very postive feedback is further confirmation that we’re on the right track – and just reward for a lot of hard work by Tideswell folk.”