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Mark Hix’s Food Rocks festival breaks charity record

Mark Hix's Lyme Regis Food Festival Food Rocks has raised a record-breaking sum of £11,191 for charity this year.

The annual food and drink extravaganza which took place on 7th and 8th September this year takes place in the Dorset coastal town, attracting food lovers from all over the UK to celebrate the fantastic food and drink producers in and around Dorset.

This free food festival is organised by the HIX team who donate their time to the cause in order to raise money for their nominated charities.

The weekend-long event welcomes South West chefs including Mitch Tonks, Richard Bertinet and Gill Meller to host cooking demonstrations in the main tent throughout the day. 50 traders pitch their gazebos along the seafront selling food, drink and handmade homewares to the thousands of guests that attend. The annual Glenarm Estate Meat Feast and Crab & Mackerel supper clubs were sell-out events yet again, taking place in the main tent on the Friday and Saturday night.

Mark Hix MBE says “It was another great year at Food rocks, raising the most money to date for The Fishermen’s Mission and Lyme Regis RNLI. We had fantastic support from all the locals, tourists, producers and of course, our sponsors.

“My team work hard throughout the year to put this event on, volunteering their time to raise money for the charities. Every penny from our demos, raffle and supper clubs goes directly to the charities. It’s great to support the local community and bring new people to Lyme Regis outside of the summer season, as well as having the opportunity to meet local food and drink producers face to face.

This year’s festival raised almost three times the amount of 2018’s event and the charities couldn’t be happier."

Dean Lawrence of The Fishermen’s Mission said “We are absolutely thrilled to be supported once again by Mark Hix’s Food Rocks Festival, not only because of the incredible amount raised this year which will help us carry out our welfare and emergency services. The incredible support we receive from industry ambassadors like Mark is vital in creating awareness about our charity and the dangers of the fishing industry.”

“The Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Group would like to thank Mark and his team for their continued support. It’s fantastic that Mark, who is a keen local fisherman, has supported two important charities that support those that work on the sea - the Fishermen’s Mission and those that go to sea 24/7, 365 days a year to save lives - the RNLI. We would like to thank all those who supported the food festival and gave so generously as all the money raised goes to saving lives at sea and so a big thanks to Mark and his team for all their hard work.” Ken Lavery, Chair of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Group, and Lyme Regis volunteer Deputy Launching Authority.

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