Food and drink

This week, we met with colleagues from the LEADER Delivery Team (LDT), Tyne Esk LEADER and the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) team to support the EU Desk Officer, Egle Puosiunaite, from the European Commission on her visit to Scotland. Ms.

The Scottish Government's Regional Food Fund has awarded bursaries to ten young women to attend the Ethical Farming Conference free of charge.

The successful applicants include a Scottish post-doctoral animal welfare researcher now working in New Zealand, post graduate researchers exploring issues around agri-environment, food security and animal behaviour, veterinary medicine students, small holders and new entrant farmers.

Recognising excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in nature conservation, the eighth annual Nature of Scotland Awards co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage are open for applications until 4 June.

The first burger made from quality assured Real Galloway Beef is now available in Aldi Stores across Scotland.

The Galloway Cattle Society has supported the creation of the Galloway Gourmet Burger as part of the LEADER-funded 'Defining Galloway Beef' project, which aims to make Galloway beef more accessible for people to buy.

Shared Use Commercial Kitchen, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Exploring the different models of running a shared use commercial kitchen, to support the following producers who:

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Launch & Information Event for new Agritourism Monitor Farmers

Two farming families are being sought to become Scotland's next agritourism monitor farmers.

If you're interested in finding out more, the new agritourism monitor farm programme will launch at Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond, by Stirling on 28 January from 3 to 6pm. Anyone with an interest in farming, rural tourism and food and drink is invited to the launch event.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for regional food and drink projects through Connect Local's Regional Food Fund.

Local food and drink initatives across the country have been awarded grants from the second round of the Regional Food Fund.

Grants totalling £95,700 have been awarded to 21 projects including a harvest food festival in Castle Douglas, an Ethical Farming Conference to take place in Dumfries and Galloway and a Streetfood Zone at the Stranraer Oyster Festival.

Scottish Rural Awards are delighted to announce the finalists in the fifth annual awards.

A set of 11 categories were open for nominations between July and October, with over 250 made nominations in total.

Short videos from Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER showcase some of the inspiring projects that have been supported by the programme.

The videos highlight the Highland Safari, Scottish Tea Factory, Loch Earn Railway Path and Strathearn Cider Company projects.

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