By providing a show-stopping monthly mobile restaurant in the town centre market we will give existing local food businesses the opportunity to showcase their dining experience; and catering students from East Kent College and unemployed people, supported by social enterprise The Community Cafe, the chance to set up something new.
We will provide the infrastructure: an eye-catching catering stand and trading pitch, free marketing for the caterer of the month via a new website and pro bono input from experts, plus associated street entertainment from a whole range of local talent.
It’s been hard to persuade Ramsgate’s population that things are on the up, but these monthly events will bring everyone together to enjoy good food and entertainment, building up momentum for other projects we have in the pipeline. Who can say no to a party!
We’ll also offer slots to restaurants along the coast to cross-promote the other Thanet towns and build a relationship which will benefit us all.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This project is a simple idea yet will lever in a wide range of the talent that Ramsgate has to offer, thus adding huge additional value to the original small investment.
We have a whole range of experienced and talented partners prepared to offer their skills and experience for free.
We’ll bring additional footfall to existing high street businesses and nurture and encourage new ones.
We’ll give opportunities to some of the area’s untapped talent in terms of young people studying catering and unemployed people finding it hard to get a foothold into employment.
By inviting businesses from Margate and Broadstairs to take part as well we’ll lay to rest some of the damaging inter-town competition and start building a relationship from which we can all benefit.
The initial 8 month project will become sustainable over the longer term as caterers see the benefit of paying for the pitch and contributing to the associated marketing and publicity campaigns out of the day’s takings.
Steps to get it done:
About the space
Junction of High Street and King Steet
Thanet District Council/ Ramsgate Town Council
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