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Showcase for food and creative sectors

Hub tempts delegates to linger longer

Producers and entrepreneurs from the Island's food and drink sector have an expanded showcase at this year's ISLEXPO.

A new evening event has been added to the 2017 programme, tempting delegates to network in an informal setting after the first day's business in the Villa Marina (24 May). 

A pop-up foodie and creative hub will be staged in the Villa gardens, styled as a wind-down venue, with street food, a bar and live music. 

Local produce will be offered by The Alpine, Taste Africa, Bettie Pie Co, Noa Bakehouse, and Flo the Coffee Van, while 'lively libations' from the Manx Cider Co, Apple Orphanage, Roots Beverage Co and the Hooded Ram will be stocked in the bar.

Musicians Matt Kelly, Jeff Jepson and Lee Crooks will entertain as the hub opens from 5pm, while a varied mix of talks will be on tap in the Garden Hub from 6.45pm.

The session starts with a food entrepreneur's story from Jim Cregan of Jimmy's Iced Coffee, and ends with a 'fireside chat' in the company of artist and architect Roger Dean at 7.45pm.

The event's billed as a venue for friends, colleagues and clients to relax together, whether or not they've attended the expo.

It's free and open to all.

Full details at www.islexpo.com

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