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Hamper delights English Tourism Week competition winner

Tourism Week hamper competition winner.A family from Reading in Berkshire were delighted to find themselves selected from several hundred entries to win a special hamper from Eden Tourism to mark this year’s English Tourism Week (25 March to 2 April 2017).

Eden’s tourism operators got behind the national week that was co-ordinated by VisitEngland at the end of March to help raise the profile of the country’s dynamic and important tourism industry. Tourism in Eden helped generate a staggering £300 million in 2015 and the national week allowed local operators to showcase what they can offer.

The hamper competition, run by Eden District Council’s Tourism team in conjunction with a range of Eden food and drink producers, was just one of many Special offers and promotional packages put together by local tourism businesses to encourage local people and visitors to explore the area during the special week that finished on 2 April 2017.

The hamper was specially delivered via overnight courier to the family from J&J Graham in Penrith. Mum, Abby, said “Thank you so much for such a deliciously packed hamper. This is so lovely and we will really enjoy these lovely products.”

Amongst the many tourism businesses who used English Tourism Week to promote special offers were Kennedy’s Chocolate Factory in Orton who created a new chocolate with a Cumbrian twist... "Cumberland Rum Nicky". It comprised a plain chocolate cup with a good old mix of double cream, white chocolate, butter, dates, ginger and rum, sprinkled with butter cookie crumbs on top.

At The Inn on the Lake in Glenridding the hotel used the week to highlight the Eden Valley smoke house, a family run artisanal smokehouse nestled in the Eden Valley who deliver high quality smoked Foods and seasonal delicacies. The product highlighted by the hotel was the smoked duck which was featured in their restaurant, Candleroom and Orangery. The duck is smoked over oak shavings for a total of seven hours - two hours cold smoke and five hours hot smoke.

Elsewhere, in Penrith J&J Graham promoted 10 beers brewed around the Eden Valley. J&J Graham also kindly helped provided products and donated one their famous hamper containers for Eden Tourism’s Food and Drink hamper.

"English Tourism Week 2017 has been the best yet in Eden,” said Jim Walker – Chair of Eden Tourism Network. “By using a range of events and promotions the visitor economy in the district has had a high profile. The signs are good for the 2017 season and tourism is continuing to play a vital role in Eden's economy."

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