Food and drink

The finalists for the 2018 Scottish Rural Awards have been announced.

The Scottish Rural Awards, partnered by Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, celebrate the industry, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live and work in the countryside.

Finalists have been announced for the following eleven award categories:

Skipness Smokehouse
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Skipness Smokehouse
£125,798 SRDP funding

Winners of the 2017 Nature of Scotland Awards include Scotland's first-ever snorkel trail, a community garden and a project tackling plastic pollution.

Tea Gardens of Scotland
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Artisan Tea Gardens Ltd
£99,100 from Angus LEADER, Fife LEADER and Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER
Loch Leven's Larder
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Loch Leven's Larder
£270,000 Scottish Rural Development Programme funding

Taste Inverclyde - Food & Drink launch

Riverside Inverclyde (ri) is delighted to announce the launch of Taste Inverclyde, a platform built to promote independent restaurants, cafés, bars, food and drink production and food tourism across Inverclyde.

Hosted in collaboration with Scotland Food and Drink, the national membership organisation, the launch will be held at the iconic Custom House in Greenock on Tuesday 28th November.

The Annual Implementation Report (AIR) of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) has been published.

Covering the first three years of the 2014-2020 Programme, the full report and Summary for Citizens can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.

Adding Value to Farm Produce

New Entrants to Farming Programme's first ever 'Adding Value to Produce - an Introduction' course.

This course is for you if a shift from selling livestock and crops to selling food and drink, ready for the consumer, is buzzing around your mind in muddled thoughts. It is aimed at new entrants and young farmers with drive and enthusiasm who want to take that first step in exploring and organising these ideas.

The programme will include:

People involved in the seafood industry are being encouraged to take part in an online survey as part of a study on gender inequality in the industry.

The survey is being carried out by WSI - the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry.

The GlenWyvis Distillery has reached the first target of £250,000 in their second Community Share Offer.

The community-owned distillery in Dingwall already had 2,600 members who invested £2.6 million in the original share offer in 2016 and this new open share offer has already added a further 400 members in just two months.