Event returns for another year to celebrate Scotland’s food heroes
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight returns between 3 and 18 September following a ‘hiatus’ during Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015.
The nationwide event supports and promotes Scotland’s produce and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it, with this year’s focus on primary producer ‘food heroes’ – i.e. the farmers and fishermen whose hard work is the foundation of our Land of Food and Drink.
According to Scotland Food & Drink, they are the backbone of the sector – growing, rearing, harvesting and catching top quality raw ingredients for suppliers to produce their goods, and delivered to chefs to create beautiful dishes for consumers to enjoy the finished product.
It says they are integral to the continued success of our £14.3 billion Scottish food and drink industry which boasts iconic world-class products including Scotch Beef, Lamb and Whisky along with global brands and dedicated producers.
Scotland’s larder of naturally healthy produce offers strong provenance across seafood, beef, lamb, venison, diary, whisky, confectionery, soft fruits and oat based products.
Seventy-five per cent of Scotland’s land mass is under agricultural production while 65,000 people are directly employed in agriculture.
The Scottish seafood industry consists of 2,000 boats and 5,000 fisherman in addition the worldwide retail value of Scottish farmed salmon is more than £1billion.
Scotland Food & Drink chief project manager Fiona Richmond said: “Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is a fantastic celebration of our country’s larder. Scotland is rightly recognised as a Land of Food and Drink and I encourage people to discover for themselves the producers that merit this reputation.
“With more than 200 events across the country, I urge everyone to get behind the Fortnight. Other supporters and participants include supermarkets, independent retailers, farm shops, visitor attractions, food festivals and restaurants so it’s easy to sample produce and learn more about our Scottish food and drink heroes!”
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is managed by commercially-focused independent industry leadership organisation Scotland Food & Drink and is funded by the Scottish Government.
The celebration takes place during the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, providing a great opportunity to showcase the wealth of innovation in the industry from talented producers who combine tradition with innovation. Innovative Scottish products include healthy seaweed seasonings to the production of courgetti and cauliflower rice.
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland said: “Promoting our food and drink is a recipe for success with two out of three visitors to Scotland stating that the quality of food is an important factor when deciding where to go on holiday.
“Last year, the Year of Food and Drink raised the profile of Scotland’s outstanding natural larder to unprecedented levels and Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is another chance to further develop our country’s reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.
“Taking place in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the Fortnight also provides a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on the abundance of innovation on show in the food and drink industry with innovative events such as the first ever West Highland Food Festival leading a packed programme of events for locals and visitors alike to enjoy this September.”
Visit the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight website, or follow @scotfoodfort and engage with the discussion using #scotfoodfort.
Scotland B2B will be running a series of articles to help celebrate Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. If you’re one of Scotland’s food heroes, then we’d love to hear from you. Email our editor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the team on 01592 6455755.