The launch of Totally Locally in Tavistock on 13 July was a great success, said organisers of the shop-local campaign.
While children enjoyed the visit from Peppa Pig, a bouncy castle and face painting, adults got to browse the Totally Locally market and photo exhibition, and delight in the delicious dishes cooked up by local chefs Peter Gorton, Bruce Cole and Paul Giles-Philips.
“The food demonstrations were great. All the food was donated by local independent shops, and there were recipe cards so people could go and source the ingredients, which were part of the Fiver Fest,” organiser Rachel Harrison-French told The Tavistock Times.
Seth Robertson, proprietor of Roberstons Restaurant – one of Tavistock’s “Hidden Gems” – also gave pizza demonstrations, and Amada from Karen’s Restaurant showed how to decorate cupcakes.
The Fiver Fest got off to a great start, with some of the 70 businesses taking part selling out of their special £5 offer on the first day of the two-week promotion.
“The nice thing about Fiver Fest is whether you are a pannier market trader or a big shop, you are all being treated the same, and is shows what a wide range of independent shops we have,” said Rachel.
Also given away on the launch day were reusable fabric shopping bags featuring the Totally Locally logo and message. Following Totally Locally Tavistock receiving funding from the Tavistock Town Team, the bags are now available to purchase for only £1 from the following retailers: Treasured Forever and Pebbles of Tavistock (Brook Street), Here and Far (Paddons Row), Continental Fruits and Encore (Duke Street), and Alan Dolan (West Street).