A Leeds catering company which prides itself on providing unique and unusual events is hoping to give over 600 farmers a field day when it serves up authentic tastes of Germany with a Yorkshire twist.
Founded in 2014, Bears Pantry is an alternative event catering business based at Sunnybank Mills in Farsley and specialises in challenging and unusual events in venues ranging from castles and disused mills and barns to woodland, cowsheds and even exposed hillsides.
The business was hand-picked to create authentic German inspired menus for a launch event by world-leading agricultural technology manufacturer Amazone, which is headquartered in near Osnabrück in Germany and has recently invested millions in a state of the art facility in South Yorkshire.
This month, Amazone unveiled its new training, education and research centre at Orchard Farm in Doncaster and is officially launching the site by hosting its first ever technical field day for British farmers and agricultural professionals.
The new site represents a multi-million pound investment in British farming by the Dreyer family, who own the Amazone Group, with the new centre set in 12 hectares of arable farmland at Auckley which includes demonstration areas and trial plots.
As part of the Amazone Field Day on 22 May, the team from Bears Pantry will prepare and serve authentic German-inspired food and drink for all 600 attendees, made entirely from locally sourced Yorkshire ingredients.
Bears Pantry’s sister company, Craftbar, will provide German and Yorkshire themed beers, real ales and cocktails for the event.
Founder of Bears Pantry, Sam Pullan, said: “This is the perfect event for us to showcase how we approach corporate catering in a creative, intriguing way. We’ve managed hundreds of different events over the past five years from intimate woodland weddings to horror-themed Hollywood movie premieres but this is the first time we’ve ever staged an event for a big group of hungry farmers. None of our events are ever the same and we’re all about creating lasting food memories that are totally in sync with the nature of the occasion. This is an event to celebrate a successful global business investing millions in the Yorkshire region for the first time and our catering solution must reflect this.
“We want to give visitors to the field day an authentic taste of Germany to reflect the heritage of the hosts but to also celebrate Yorkshire itself and we’ll be doing this with specially created dishes such as Bratwurst made with Yorkshire outdoor reared pork and traditional Sauerkraut made from locally grown kale. We’ll also be featuring currywurst and a wide range of meat-based German-inspired dishes all using locally sourced meat and vegetables and served street food style. With such a large number of farmers coming along to this event, demonstrating food provenance is critical and, as they’re coming from all over the UK, we’re keen to showcase the great diversity Yorkshire ingredients have to offer.”
The Amazone Amatechnica 2019 Field Day takes place on 22 May at Orchard Farm, Auckley, Doncaster.