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British Food Fortnight: Celebrating local heroes

The Food Marketing Experts, the Brampton-based agency famed for championing homegrown food and drink brands, has just turned 10. To celebrate both its birthday and British Food Fortnight, which also falls this month, the team raise a glass to their local food heroes

Vhari Russell: Founder and chief networker and connector

We often have our meetings in independent restaurants and cafes, so I have enjoyed visiting a few. I am a big fan of Huntingdon's Old Bridge Hotel: for me the food is delicious and the service always friendly and welcoming. Products-wise, a favourite is Baron Bigod cheese, made just over the border in Suffolk. It is a must for any cheese board and works really well in a toasted Marmite hot cross bun!

Alex White: Designer and social media expert

When it comes to my local food heroes, I am a big fan of fresh fish, so Fin Boys on Mill Road in Cambridge - where they do an insane Poke Bowl - would definitely be up there. But one of my favourite chefs working with amazing flavours and local produce at the moment is Liz at The Modern Table (dish pictured) who’s now head chef for The Wine Rooms in Cambridge.

Karen Braithwaite: Influencers and collaborations coordinator

Coffee is a vital part of my day - I need two or three cups, minimum! - and I love Hot Numbers’ blends. There’s a real satisfaction to being able to buy top-quality coffee that’s been roasted locally, just down the road in Shepreth. It’s a bonus to be able to enjoy it on a trip to Burwash Manor as well.

Cat New: Digital marketing and design expert

I’m discovering a love of great British cheeses, thanks in large part to the Rennet & Rind Mystery Box. Showcasing artisan farmhouse varieties, it’s a chance to learn more both about cheese and the benefits of Perry, Rennet & Rind’s resident affineur, ageing it to enhance the flavours. I also love eating out and tapas is a great way for me to try more flavours and dishes. It's been great to see some many new tapas restaurants in the area.

Jen Rich: Photographer and stylist

I am rather partial to a visit to Fitzbillies in Cambridge - after all their Chelsea buns are legendary! Plus their ice cream is amazing. I love the eat-in experience or the takeaway option, so I can enjoy a sweet treat while walking around the city.

Marissa Harris: Accountant

I am a big fan of milkshakes, cakes and trying new foods, so I was delighted that Lo’s has moved to Brampton. I love the range they offer, it’s a short walk across the village and is a favourite for me and my children.

Carla Wessel: Head of PR

I have a soft spot for chocolate and cake - well who hasn’t? - and Gourmet Brownies, made in Ely, are hard to beat. The flavours and textures are just so good, and they have such a great variety to choose from - the Toblerone is a particular favourite.

Claire Dolan: Strategist

I love a gin and tonic and really enjoy visiting Cambridge Distillery, both in the city and in Grantchester. They offer such a wonderful experience for the consumer to enjoy. It has been wonderful to see the brand grow. My personal favourite is Curator's Gin.

Matt Haddock: Designer

I love sourdough: it offers such a wonderful texture and nutty taste and is perfect for lazy weekend breakfasts and brunches. I particularly like the loaves from Grain Culture in Ely; they take such huge pride in their bakes and the range they have to offer is delicious.

Vicky Zitko: Account Manager

Whether it's on the barbecue or in a casserole, I absolutely love the Cumberland Sausages from Franklins of Thorncote. I am also rather partial to a visit to Bohemia in St Neots for coffee and cake. . .

The Food Marketing Experts celebrated its 10th birthday with a party, complete with fizz and cake. The latter was baked bespoke for the occasion by 2013’s Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn. For more information about The Food Marketing Experts see thefoodmarketingexperts.co.uk and follow @thefoodmarketingexperts

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