Food and drink

Businesses and projects across rural Scotland have been recognised at this year's Helping it Happen Awards, including a squirrel conservation project and a food hub.

The third Helping it Happen Award gala was held recently at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh, hosted by Scottish Land & Estates which runs the awards. Compering the evening was presenter of BBC's Landward programme Anne Lundon.

A further application round for the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) Scheme is now open.

This scheme can provide support grant to suppliers and producers to contribute to the Scottish Government's overall vision for food and drink in Scotland, which is to be a Good Food Nation, where it is second nature to produce, buy, serve and eat fresh, healthy food.

Funding can help you:

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More than 150 people went aloong to the launch of a new online farmers' market in West Stirlingshire recently.

The launch of Balfron NeighbourFood took place at Balfron High on Monday 23 September. The online market allows people to shop online for seasonal produce from local farmers and producers and collect their order on a Thursday evening at Balfron High School. Almost 300 people have already signed up to the new service hosted by social enterprise The Hub G63.

This year's Stranraer Oyster Festival has been hailed a 'phenomenal success' by organisers.

Attendance at the event was up 25% on last year, with around 17-18,000 people thought to have attended the three-day event.

The community-run festival is organised by the Stranraer Development Trust and takes place next to Loch Ryan, which contains Scotland's last remaining wild, native oyster fishery.

A new click and collect farmers' market will open soon in Balfron.

The Hub G63, a Drymen-based social enterprise, will launch NeighbourFood Balfron on Monday 23 September 2019 at Balfron High School, giving people across the area access to tasty, local produce.

A Fife farmer is aiming to become Scotland's first producer of buffalo mozzarella with the help of a crowdfunding campaign.

Steve Mitchell from the Buffalo Farm, who has appeared on BBC's 'This Farming Life' has launched a 'Founders Club' crowdfunding campaign with an ambitious crowdfunding target of £800,000 to build a manufacturing facility, milking parlour and slurry store

On 1 September, Scotland's native oyster season opened with the landing of the first Loch Ryan oysters.

The race is now on to gather a tonne of native oysters, most of which will be enjoyed by visitors to the Stranraer Oyster Festival, which is taking place from 13-15 September. 

From growing lemons on Lewis to a Michelin-starred chef cooking Skye mutton, Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) groups are pioneering a range of new routes to take local produce to market on the islands. RISS provides professional support to farmers interested in trying new things. It connects them with the right people and helps them develop a viable project.

Scottish Food & Drink fortnight are celebrating their 10th year of showcasing and supporting the companies, brands and peoples who are championing Scotland's larder.

The Fortnight is an annual celebration of Scotland’s outstanding produce, managed by industry leadership body Scotland Food & Drink and supported by the Scottish Government.

On 14th September Scotland’s first ever Wild Food Festival will take place at the stunning Cardross Estate near Port of Monteith. The festival will feature a range of interactive foraging workshops, wild walks exploring the estate and long table dinners.