Made in Cornwall launches a Summer Fair

Some of Cornwall’s finest produce will be showcased at a special event on Lemon Quay in Truro this week.  The first ever Made in Cornwall Summer Fair will build on the success of the Easter and Christmas events and will feature some of Cornwall’s best produce from Wednesday 14 until Saturday 17 August.

Over 40 local traders from across Cornwall will be selling their goods from Cornish glass to jewellery, crafts, handmade accessories and specialty food and drink, all of which have been assessed by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Officers as being genuinely Cornish.

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Jane Tomlinson, Trading Standards Manager for Cornwall Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to staging our first ever Made in Cornwall Summer Fair; this will be a real showcase of some of the best products made right here in the duchy.”

The Made in Cornwall logo was established 28 years ago in response to a call from businesses for recognition of genuine Cornish products. It now boasts around 230 members and is the largest regional origin scheme in the UK, reflecting the public’s love of genuine Cornish goods.

The rigorous scheme ensures that only authentic Cornish products are approved and can show the MIC logo.

Made in Cornwall members benefit from:

  • Use of the distinctive engine house logo on their approved products, stationery, websites and social media profiles;
  • Certificate of membership guaranteeing authenticity of products;
  • Opportunities to attend fairs and events;
  • Newsletter keeping members up to date with changes in legislation, codes of practice and other useful information;
  • Entry into the online Cornish Lines Directory of Members;
  • Networking opportunities with other members;
  • Increased reputational benefit showing that they are responsible businesses working in partnership with Cornwall Council Trading Standards Service 

Jane continued:  “We all know that Cornwall is a special place and has a distinct culture that is different from any other part of the UK, a rich creative heritage and outstanding natural beauty. Cornwall’s reputation for the production of quality creative goods is deep-rooted and certainly worth protecting.

“We are proud to be home to a vibrant business community many of who produce artistic and hand crafted items, speciality food and drink and highly specialist technical products which are all inspired by Cornwall’s unique environment and culture – this event will celebrate all of this.”

Any business wishing to join the scheme is assessed by a Trading Standards Officer to ensure that they, and their products, meet the minimum criteria. Not only is it vital that the goods are actually made in Cornwall, emphasis is placed on sourcing materials or ingredients from other Cornish businesses.

The goods must also comply with all relevant UK and EU legislation and undergo sufficient processes involving a certain level of creativity or professional skill.

 Jane concluded: “Come along and see just what Cornwall has to offer and pick up a gift or two which is truly unique.”

The Made in Cornwall Summer Fair will be held on Truro's Lemon Quay, from 14 to 17 August 9am - 5pm.