Monmouthshire Food and Drink Business Network

Monmouthshire Food and Drink Business Network is about connection, knowledge exchange, and routes to market. The Network has a carefully curated Facebook group (Monmouthshire and Shires Producer Network), offering a supportive and friendly environment for questions and discussion. There are also regular events hosted at the Alfred Russel Wallace Restaurant in Usk, where food and drink producers and retailers can hear from guest speakers and meet fellow business-owners and potential buyers in a relaxed informal environment, with a locally sourced buffet supper to help things along.

Speakers are local to Monmouthshire, with direct experience of working in the area, and we’re very grateful to them for sharing their thoughts and advice.

All events are Tuesday evenings, 18:00–20:30.

If you would like to attend any of these events, to speak or as a guest, please email food@monmouthshire.gov.uk to reserve a spot.

Events in bold are tasting nights. If you’re a producer, please bring samples to share with potential buyers.

17-Oct-23 Starting up and growing a successful business in a rural county, with Trealy Farm and Sobremesa Drinks

21-Nov-23 Do you want to grow your business? Things to consider and support available, with Cywain and guests

16-Jan-24 Selling to Chefs and Restaurants, with the Alfred Russel Wallace and another TBC

19-Mar-24 Selling to Farm Shops and other Retail Outlets, speakers TBC

21-May-24 Selling Direct pt. 1: Markets, speakers TBC

16-Jul-24 Selling Direct pt. 2: Online Shops and Box Schemes, speakers TBC

17-Sep-24 Using Local and Seasonal Produce in Pubs or Cafés, speakers TBC

19-Nov-24 Public Tasting Night

21-Jan-25 TBC

18-Mar-25 TBC

The project is run by Monmouthshire County Council with support from Monmouthshire Food Partnership. Much of the work is funded by UK Government through the Shared Prosperity Fund / Levelling Up.