Food and drink

The World That Is Shaping Our COAST

Join Lateral North on the 10th January for a one-day event and exhibition which celebrates projects throughout Scotland that focus on the country's unique, diverse and ever-changing coastline. These projects, ideas and opportunities will look at the stories of the past, the projects of the present and the ideas of the future, with a key element looking at how the coastline is, quite literally, changing due to industry, climate change, biodiversity loss and other challenges.

Protection for Scotland’s nature is set to be urgently scaled up, with 26 priority actions to restore Scotland’s natural environment and halt the loss of biodiversity by 2030.

Today (15 December 2022), the Scottish Government published its 2023-24 budget which sets out proposed spending and tax plans for 2023 to 2024, as presented to the Scottish Parliament.

Chapter 10 covers Rural Affairs and Islands covering allocations for:

There is still time to take part in the consultation to modernise small landholdings legislation.

Scotland’s farmers, crofters, land-managers, small holders and small landholders are vital to our ambition to make our nation fairer and greener, and small landholders are part of this farming ambition.


ScotHot, Scotland’s leading showcase for food, drink, hospitality, retail and tourism is returning to the SEC Glasgow from 8 - 9 March 2023.

This year the event celebrates its 50th Anniversary and features over 200 exhibitors over two-days, promoting the best of local Scottish produce.

There will be sessions about the latest trends and innovations in the sector and the chance to meet with suppliers and other sector operators.

The road to zero carbon: your community pub addressing climate change

Are you involved in setting up a community owned pub in Scotland and want to embed good green practices from the very start? Or is your pub already trading and you are looking at ways to transition to net zero whilst reducing your energy costs and addressing the needs of your community?

What stories can you tell in Winter to keep your audience engaged?

This online meeting is being hosted by Megan Allen a journalist, Storytelling Strategist and PR Coach to look at how you can start 2023 off on a high with season storytelling that resonates with your customers.

What stories can you tell in winter to keep your audience engaged?

A programme to drive the economic growth of the agritourism sector in Scotland is set to receive more than £442,000. The programme will see the recruitment of four farms across Scotland, with the involvement of a wider circle of eight rural businesses around each farm.

At least 400 further individual rural businesses will also participate via meetings and seminars.

Fishing businesses and marine organisations in Scotland’s coastal communities will benefit from Marine Fund Scotland’s latest round of funding. A total of 60 projects which contribute to innovative and sustainable practices, minimise carbon emissions and support coastal communities, will receive grants totalling more than £13 Million, ranging from £7,000 to £1.2 million.

There is still time to take part in the future Agriculture Bill consultation which closes on the 5th December 2022! 

The Scottish Government is committed to realising its Vision for Agriculture and transforming how they support farming and food production in Scotland to become a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture.