KPMG in the Crown Dependencies, a leading global professional services firm, has been announced as the sustainability sponsor at this year’s Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival. The festival, which showcases the Island’s finest food and drink producers, will take place on 16 and 17 September at the Villa Marina Gardens.
Now in its 15th year, the festival is widely recognised as one of the Island’s biggest events, with last year’s festival attracting more than 10,000 food fans through its doors. Visitors will enjoy speciality stalls offering local food, drink, and crafts from across the Island alongside outdoor bars and live music.
As part of their sponsorship, KPMG in the Crown Dependencies will be supporting the festival’s inaugural Recycling Aid area, designed to educate and inspire festival attendees to take proactive steps towards a more sustainable future. The Recycling Aid area will include interactive and educational resources promoting eco-friendly practices from a range of Isle of Man organisations, including Douglas Borough Council, Net Zero Isle of Man, UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man and Zero Waste Mann.
The sponsorship also sees KPMG working with the festival organisers to review and assess the event’s carbon emissions, with a view to offsetting these in the future. By its nature, the festival already supports fewer carbon emissions through the reduced food miles of locally grown or reared Manx produce and has a commitment to sustainable practices, such as banning event retailers from using single-use plastics and providing a recycling point on the site.
Simon Nicholas, Head of ESG at KPMG in the Crown Dependencies, said: ‘We are delighted to be a part of the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival as the dedicated sustainability sponsor. Encouraging sustainable practices is a key part of our local IMPACT action plans, where we are seeking to make positive changes in the islands we call home. Our sponsorship of the festival underscores our dedication to corporate social responsibility, along with our passion for promoting sustainable initiatives within the local community.‘
Adi Moore, Head of Food and Drink Development at the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, added: ‘The 2023 Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival promises to be an exciting event filled with culinary delights, live entertainment, and educational opportunities. By incorporating a focus on sustainability, thanks to KPMG’s sponsorship and advice, the festival can promote eco-friendly practices and make positive changes, to ensure the event continues to evolve in line with environmental responsibilities.
‘We’d like to take this opportunity to thank KPMG, along with our other sponsors for their support. These partnerships are vital to the festival’s continued success.’
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