I’m getting quite a few complaints about the stand costs that the FFMDD are charging food producers this year for the Winter Fair. I’ve been told £505 + vat as against last year’s price of £405 + vat. If these figures are correct, what’s an extra £100 + vat? I’m sure if the FFMDD think at all about where the producers this extra money, it just seems they don’t care. – not their problem is it? Producers cannot reply on selling more to visitors who are more than well aware that they are struggling in the midst of a recession and have no choice but to watch their spending. Visitors will not have plenty of cash to spare and will certainly tempted to troll the Food Hall just to fill themselves and their children up with free samples, I can guarantee that! It’s not difficult to work out who’s living in a bubble, because it’s certainly not the food producers, is it?
Producers are now having to find an extra £50.00 for each day’s trading and still hope to make money, how they’ll do that is anyone’s guess. What’s the reason for this increase? It appears that FFMMD don’t feel they need to explain any decisions they make. This is getting more like a dictatorship than a dialogue with the producers.
I think a stand at the Royal Welsh this year was £405 + vat for 4 days trading, so unless the latest figures I have been given for the Winter Fair are wrong, I’m horrified that RWAS/FFMDD can justify such an increase to their Winter Fair stand prices.
I’ve just been on RWAS’s website and checked out prices in South Glamorgan Hall – which is for Agri Products and machinery. To take a stand there is £240.17 + vat per module, which is quite a difference from Food Hall stand prices. It appears that RWAS bows to the farmers and farming companies, but allows FFMDD to lumber the producers with an over-the-top increase in fees.
But fret not producers,Welsh Country, Best Of Welsh & Borders and welshfoodbites are here to help you and FFMDD are there to help you too!