Food and drink

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.

Dumfries & Galloway’s food and drink brand, Savour the Flavours has relaunched backed by the team who delivered the original project.

The goal is to help put businesses in the driving seat of shaping industry recovery in the region, with a series of online industry gatherings planned. 

Digital routes to markets for food and drink producers

This support offers a series of online workshops, including 1-2-1 advice, for food and drink producers who want to develop the online aspect of their business and find new markets following the impacts of COVID-19.

In the latest episode from the award-winning Rural Youth Podcast, interviewer Alana Black speaks to Tweeddale Youth Action Manager and occasional Head Chef of Food Punks Dave Hodson about the social enterprise and the importance of young people connecting in the kitchen.

Professional forager and herbalist, Rox Madeira, owner of Trossachs Wild Apothecary has launched a virtual ‘Little Alchemists Club’, for families to learn about edible and medicinal plants online. The six-month experiential course is suitable for children from ages 3 – 12, and has been tailored to allow adults to participate too.