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PokerStars sponsors 2018 Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival

Monday, 29 January 2018

PokerStars is again to be the main sponsor of the 2018 Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival.

The 10th anniversary festival, run by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA), takes place in the Villa Marina Gardens on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, with BBC1 Countryfile presenter Adam Henson the celebrity guest.

Jon Weedon, who is responsible for corporate sponsorship at PokerStars, said:

‘We are delighted to support the Island’s biggest and best celebration of local food and drink for a second year running.

‘The festival brings together producers, retailers and consumers who share a passion for quality local produce.

‘We are keen to support the economy as well as our communities and what better way to demonstrate this than through such a popular event, which attracts large crowds and boosts business.’

Magnet (IOM) Ltd will again support the competition by supplying a kitchen to host cookery demonstrations and the Isle of Man Chef of the Year and Student Chef of the Year competitions.

Shoprite, Thai Thai restaurant, Dave’s Delicious Dogs and Event Management Solutions are also sponsoring the event.

Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said:

‘Through the Programme for Government, we encourage new businesses, support those that are growing and create an environment for businesses to flourish.

‘The Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival is our flagship food and drink event and brings together established and newer producers to showcase their products to thousands of visitors.

‘Producers attending gain new customers and raise awareness of the variety and quality of Isle of Man food and drink, which plays an important role in our economy.

‘I am pleased the festival has attracted the support of PokerStars, Magnet (IOM) Ltd, Shoprite, Thai Thai restaurant, Dave’s Delicious Dogs and Event Management Solutions and I hope other companies will join us in supporting the festival and being associated with the successful food and drink sector.’

To find out more about sponsorship packages, contact Audrey Fowler, Marketing Officer at DEFA, on 01624 685856 or

For more about the festival, visit

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