Events > Food and drink taster visit to Bruges

Food and Drink Taster Visit to Bruges

19 - 21 March 2020

row-start col-md-7 #top-section top-section #about-section no-pad-bottom-section

About the event

Join us aboard a P&O Ferry to sail your business to new adventures . The Department for International Trade and Northern Powerhouse Export Champion and Export Advocate David Greenwood-Haigh from Coeur de Xocolat have joined forces to deliver a taster visit for food and drink businesses to explore their export potential.

The visit will commence on 19 March 2020 with an export strategy workshop on board the ferry where you will come away with an export action plan for your business, followed by a chocolate tasting and pairing session with David, giving you the opportunity to network with likeminded food and drink businesses while indulging in delicious snacks. 

You will then explore the Belgian market first hand with one of our experienced International Trade Advisers and find out more about the opportunities for your business.

The visit is ideal for Yorkshire and the Humber based businesses operating in the following sectors, wanting to explore their export potential:

  • Craft breweries
  • Snack providers
  • Alcoholic beverage manufacturers and distributors of gin, whiskey and other spirits
  • Other related sectors with a unique offer to the Belgian market

Why you should join the mission

  • Export strategy workshop on the ferry with a sector overview to help you develop your export action plan
  • Walking tour of at least 10 stores of varying focus meeting with store owners and staff (Please note, comfortable shoes are advisable, as the streets are mainly cobbled)
  • De Halve Maan Brewery tour
  • Market briefing with DIT Belgium and Voka - Flanders' Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Opportunity to showcase your products to DIT Belgium as they prepare and select UK companies for the Queen’s Birthday party event in June
  • Chocolate sampling and chocolate demo, paired your products
  • Support from experienced sector specialists and our in-market experts 

Belgium is an affluent and multicultural country within Europe. It has a strong and longstanding trading relationship with the UK and is our 8th largest trading partner. English is an accepted business language and for many UK companies Belgium is just a short train or ferry ride away, making it the ideal export destination for lots of UK companies. In particular Bruges, a popular tourist destination, has a lot of opportunities to offer and with over 70 chocolate shops breweries and hundreds of restaurants and bistros in the city, it is easy to see why Bruges is considered one of the food capitals of Europe.

There is a £99 plus VAT registration fee which covers return ferry fare and overnight stay, including accommodation on board, breakfast, dinner and all programme activities.

Please note, companies must be a small to medium size enterprise, new to exporting and located in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Join us now on this mission and explore your business' overseas growth potential. 

Express your interest

The non-refundable cost to attend the mission of £99.00 plus VAT will secure your place on the mission and covers return ferry fare, meals, bus transfers in Bruges and all mission activities. 

Please note there will be a vetting process to assess the suitability of applying companies. Once your attendance has been confirmed you will be sent a secure link where you will be required to pay the non-refundable booking fee.

Due to a limited capacity any expressions of interest will be reviewed on an individual basis and we will contact you as soon as possible to confirm a successful application.

We normally only allow one delegate per company. Please contact us for more information.

On registering for this event, we will be collecting personal information as part of our registration process. This information will be processed and shared within the Department for International Trade (DIT) and with selected third parties for purposes connected with DIT performing a task in the public interest or to fulfil an official function and the task or function has a clear basis in law. DIT takes your privacy very seriously. Your personal data shall be processed according to the Department for International Trade’s Fair Processing Notice.

col-xs-12 sponsors-section row-mid

In partnership with:


row-start col-xs-12 col-md-8 colour-section narrow-section

Maximise your growth potential

row-end col-xs-12 col-md-4