To celebrate Yorkshire Day this year, which takes place on 1st August, the wonderful team from Marks & Spencer – Vangarde Monks Cross, York, invited a group of bloggers and influencers along to showcase their Yorkshire produced products which they stock and how as a specific store, they support the local community.
The Vangarde shopping park at Monks Cross is easy to get to via bus. As well as Marks and Spencer, there is also a huge John Lewis store, plus plenty of restaurants. Once we’d worked out where we needed to be, we were seated in a designated area near the café to sample the locally produced food products and craft beer in celebration of Yorkshire Day.
I was amazed by the table full of made in Yorkshire treats all presented beautifully on the table, waiting for us to sample. The selection included various types of sausage rolls, cheese, Pontefract cakes and local beers. I’m not usually a beer drinker (as I prefer my spirits!) but I thought I’d give these a try and I was pleasantly surprised. The variety of locally produced sausage rolls was great, these are produced locally for Marks & Spencer. The M&S team told us how some staff get to go on days out to watch exactly how the products are made and see the fresh ingredients for themselves.
I’m not a huge liquorice fan but I did take my blogger pal Laura with me, who was pregnant, so I gave my liquorice samples to her. During the talk, the M&S staff were very keen to show how active they are in supporting and working with the local community. We were also informed that any food going out of date, instead of going to waste, is donated to local charities and schools.
Overall, the Yorkshire Day showcase at Marks & Spencer, Vangarde Monks Cross was a success. I found out interesting information about how the store work with local producers, which I probably would have never known otherwise. The array of Yorkshire made produce was delicious. My particular favourites were the Malton sausage rolls and Shepherd’s Purse Yorkshire Blue cheese. I hope you’ve enjoyed this rather savoury but tasty post!