Food and drink

Savour the Flavours is asking Dumfries & Galloway based food and drink businesses to take part in a new survey to identify business support needs and help shape economic recovery. The survey organisers want to provide an opportunity for businesses to confidentially share their needs, opportunities and their concerns now that the impact of Covid-19 on trading patterns is better understood. 

Food and drink businesses across Scotland have been awarded a share of £5 million to invest in infrastructure, purchase new equipment and upgrade or replace facilities.

In total 30 businesses will receive Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) grants to support the food supply chain, safeguarding 1,386 jobs and creating 97 new ones.

Building Local Food Hubs

Local food hubs have been vital for both food producers and consumers during the Covid-19 crisis, as usual supply chains struggled.

If you’d like to learn more about how local food hubs work, how to get involved or how to organise one, then this event is for you.

Join Soil Association Scotland in a conversation with Rosie Jack of Bowhouse Fife and Nick Weir of the Open Food Network, about:

From virtual foraging classes to online cookery and craft workshops, Foraging Fortnight has announced a virtual festival to be hosted on Orkney this autumn.

The new virtual LEADER-funded festival is a specially curated element of the longstanding Orkney International Science Festival and has been designed to educate and provide the confidence for everyone to carry out foraging activities in their own time.

Helping businesses adapt to physical distancing measures.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes in Scotland will have greater flexibility to make use of outside spaces, as outdoor hospitality resumes from 6 July.

A survey published on June 1st by Dumfries & Galloway food brand, Savour the Flavours, has found ‘unprecedented’ levels of support in the region for buying local, but it has also revealed widespread concern about the restart of the tourism economy.

1,450 people from every part of Dumfries & Galloway took part in the survey which ran from 2-11 June. Key findings were:

Falkland’s first digital farmers’ market, giving the community access to local produce at the click of a button, will open its order books on Friday 19 June.  

Dumfries & Galloway’s food and drink brand, Savour the Flavours, is launching a series of industry knowledge sharing meetings to help local businesses restart successfully as lockdown is eased. The sessions are led by experts in business development in the food, drink and hospitality sectors, who are volunteering to help local businesses recover.

Dumfries & Galloway’s food and drink brand, Savour the Flavours, is asking people across the region to take part in a major survey to help inform business restart planning. The survey organisers hope that people in every community of Dumfries & Galloway will take part by answering a range of questions about buying intentions and covid-related safety measures. 

Along with many other events, Scotland’s first Seaweed Festival, due to take place this September 5-6th as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 programme has been postponed due to the Coronavirus restrictions.