Local food and drink

Information about what local food is, where you can buy and enjoy it, explains what the East Yorkshire Local Food Network is and how businesses can benefit from participating in the Network. 

What is local food and drink?

There is no single definition of 'local food and drink', but it typically relates to produce which has been grown, reared, caught or produced close to where it will be sold, using locally sourced ingredients where possible. 

Where can I enjoy local food and drink?

Local food and drink is becoming increasingly available through farm shops and direct farm sales, at farmers markets and food festivals, and through a range of other retail outlets.

Restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, tearooms and tourist attractions are also increasingly using locally sourced ingredients in their menus.

For more information download a copy of the Enjoy Local Food & Drink Guide below:

Enjoy Local Food & Drink Guide 2018 (pdf 14.3mb opens in a new window)

Alternatively, visit the 'Visit Hull and East Yorkshire' website:

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (external website)

What is the East Yorkshire Local Food Network?

The East Yorkshire Local Food Network (EYLFN) comprises businesses and other organisations working together to promote, develop and expand the local food and drink sector in the East Riding and the surrounding area.

The Network is supported by the Council through its rural policy and partnerships team who facilitate the Business Development Group.

The Network is aimed at a range of businesses and organisations, including:

  • local food and drink producers
  • hospitality businesses committed to sourcing local produce as part of their business offer
  • specialist food and drink retailers
  • organisers of farmers' markets and food festivals
  • suppliers of goods or services to businesses in the local food sector. 

How can businesses benefit from participating in the East Yorkshire Local Food Network?

The East Yorkshire Local Food Network (EYLFN) produces an annual local food and drink guide and organises a series of networking events and other activities to promote and champion the local food sector, helping members to learn from each other and work together on activities that would be too costly alone.

If you operate a local food or hospitality business and wish to be kept informed of networking events and activities, please e-mail the address below  to ensure you are included on our circulation list.

Email: localfood@eastriding.gov.uk