Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight starts today and runs until 18 September
The annual celebration of Scotland’s produce and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it starts today (3 September).
At yesterday’s launch of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight were a fishmonger, butcher, rapeseed oil producer, fresh produce supplier, cheesemaker, venison supplier, baker and Land of Food and Drink ambassador chef Graeme Pallister from 63 Tay Street in Perth.
Scotland’s primary producer farmers and fishermen make the country a Land of Food and Drink and are key to the success of the country’s £14.3 billion industry. They are responsible for growing, rearing, harvesting and catching Scotland’s fantastic larder of premium produce with naturally healthy ingredients including oats, soft fruits, dairy , seafood, Scottish Salmon, venison, Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.
Quality Meat Scotland’s Scotch Lamb campaign and Love Lamb Week (1-7 September), a UK-wide collective push to raise the profile of lamb, aim to encourage greater appreciation of lamb and how tasty, nutritious fast and easy it is to use, whilst at the same time helping to support local producers and boost the industry.
Scotland Food & Drink project manager Fiona Richmond said: “Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is the perfect opportunity to champion Scotland’s delicious produce and celebrate our world class natural larder of premium produce and the individuals who create it.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the farmers and fishermen responsible for earning our deserving reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.
“More than 200 events are taking place around the country over the Fortnight in addition to promotions and sampling events across retailers of all sizes. There’s every opportunity to seek out local suppliers and discover what is produced on your doorstep!”
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 platform to showcase the wealth of innovation in the industry from talented producers who combine tradition with originality.”
Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity added: “Food and drink continues to be one of our top global exports and that trend shows no sign of slowing down.
“The industry is vital to Scotland – it creates jobs and wealth, impacts on health and sustainability, and helps attract people to the country by promoting our food and drink around the globe.
“It’s important to remember that here in Scotland we have a fantastic natural larder right on our doorstep. Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our home grown food and drink and to think about where it comes from.
“I’d encourage everyone to try and buy the very best food and drink that Scotland has to offer during the next two weeks.”