Jon Weedon, who is responsible for PokerStars’ corporate sponsorships, said:
‘We are delighted to support the Island’s premier celebration of local food and drink.
‘This festival brings together everyone with an interest in and who values the quality and heritage of local produce, which great news for the Island’s producers and retailers, and above all, consumers.’
Magnet (IOM) Ltd will support the competition by supplying a kitchen to host cookery sessions and the Isle of Man Chef of the Year and Student Chef of the year competitions.
Robinson’s, The Abbey & The Forge, Isle of Man Teas and Thai Thai Restaurant are also sponsoring the event.
The festival will be run in association with Manx Radio, which will broadcast live from the event, promoting its ‘local focus’ campaign, and will run a competition for tickets.