Local producers made history when they travelled down to Westminster to present a "Canny Taste of County Durham" to Members of Parliament.

The special exhibition marked the first time that Durham's amazing food and drink offer has been showcased in Parliament, shining a national spotlight on the region's heritage and businesses.

Hosted by local County Durham MPs, Richard Holden, Paul Howell and Dehenna Davison, Canny Taste of County Durham brought together MPs, staffers and Peers such as Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to explore the flavours of County Durham.

The Northern Echo: Richard Holden with former MP Baroness Armstrong of Hill TopRichard Holden with former MP Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top (Image: Contributor)

The event showcased twelve County Durham businesses: Loopy Lisa’s Fudge, South Durham Honey, Consett Ale Works, V Bites, The Tea Enthusiasts, Wiga Wagaa, Screaming Chimp Chilli Sauce, Knitsley Farm Shop, Lanchester Wines, Weardale Cheese, South Causey Inn and Lovesome Oil, each exhibiting their unique contributions to Durham’s food scene.

Whether sipping local beer and wines or tasting delicious cheeses and fudges, attendees got a real taste of the best of what County Durham has to offer.The Northern Echo: Richard Holden MP trying Consett Ale Works beerRichard Holden MP trying Consett Ale Works beer (Image: Contributor)

County Durham exhibitors were thrilled to represent County Durham culture and culinary traditions on the national stage to help drive focus on the North East.

Richard Holden MP said: "I was so pleased to host County Durham producers in Parliament to shine a light on what County Durham has to offer the nation.

“Whether it was Wiga Wagaa spices, Lanchester Wines, Consett Ale Works, The Tea Enthusiasts, Knitsley Farm Shop or Weardale Cheese, I am pleased that many MPs and Lords got to taste of what they can get when they visit and support the North East”.The Northern Echo:

Commenting, Dehenna Davison MP said: "County Durham has some of the best produce in the country, so it was great to see local businesses front and centre in Westminster to show off what we have to offer.

“Local independent businesses such as South Durham Honey and Loopy Lisa’s Fudge are the backbone of our economy and I will always support them to the hilt".The Northern Echo: Dehenna Davison MP talking to Lisa of Loopy Lisa’s FudgeDehenna Davison MP talking to Lisa of Loopy Lisa’s Fudge (Image: Contributor)

Paul Howell MP said: "This is a big moment for County Durham, it is the first time our region's amazing food has ever been shown off here in Parliament, and it's something we should all be proud of.

“Biggest shout out to Fran at Lovesome Oil, but all the different local businesses were brilliant”.The Northern Echo:

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Commenting, Lanchester Wines said: “We are a sustainable, family-run business supplying great quality wine both locally and nationally. We had a great time showcasing the best of the North East at the Canny Taste event in Parliament.”

Lovesome Oil said: “It was an honour to be asked to fly the flag for County Durham, showcasing what quality food we produce in our area at the heart of Westminster.”

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