Food and drink

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) is one of the charities to benefit from a recent tractor run fundraiser.

The tractor run was organised by NFU Scotland's Highland Perthshire branch and raised thousands of pounds for local charities, including RHET.

A cheque for £1,122 was presented to Alix Ritchie, RHET Project Co-ordinator for Perth & Kinross at the Aberfeldy Show.

Alix said:

The world’s first 100% community-owned distillery, GlenWyvis, welcomed almost 150 new members on the day of the launch. The distillery already has some 2,600 original members who invested in the 2016 share offer and the new share offer was designed to capitalise on continued interest by opening the door to new members.  A total of over £75,000 was raised in the first 24 hours.

David O’Connor, chairman of GlenWyvis Distillery said:

An new food arts project will bring an interactive installation to the coastline of Portree this September.

The CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones sees ATLAS Arts, based on Skye, work in partnership with internationally acclaimed Cooking Sections - artists Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe.

Stranraer Oyster Festival

The three-day festival will encourage visitors to celebrate the seafood heritage of Stranraer in the south west of Scotland. The catch from Scotland's only wild, native oyster fishery will be the focal point of the event, taking place from 15 to 17 September 2017.

The festival marks the start of the oyster harvesting season and starts with an oyster landing ceremony, complete with oysters being piped ashore, live music, a giant paella for visitors to the festival to share in, a community performance with the support of Oceanallover and fireworks. 

Scotland's first oyster festival will take place in Stranraer this September.

The three-day festival will encourage visitors to celebrate the seafood heritage of Stranraer in the south west of Scotland. The catch from Scotland's only wild, native oyster fishery will be the focal point of the event, taking place from 15 to 17 September 2017.

Food and drink producers have been awarded a share of almost £3.5 million from the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) scheme.

Thirteen businesses are the latest to be awarded grants from the scheme to diversify and expand their operations, including an artisan dairy and a brewing company.

Nose to Tail Charcuterie

A practical course that will take you through all aspects of charcuterie.

Ideal for crofters, smallholders and anyone who has an interest in making their own dry cured meats at home.

Tutor: Rachel Hammond

Local Course Director: Claire Pepper, West Highland College

For further information or to book a place contact Donna on training@crofting.org or call 01343 209384.

Bowhouse Food Weekend

Bowhouse is a place for food; a vital link in the food supply chain from field to fork. Located in St Monans in the East Neuk of Fife, it offers a collection of makers’ units and a destination for producers and consumers interested in the best Scottish food and produce. The first Bowhouse Food Weekend, in partnership with Fife Farmers’ Market and supported by Food From Fife.

Stalls will include food & drink, crafts, live food theatres, and a kiddy's corner.

Inspired by the Scottish Crofting Federation, a group of Scottish smallholders has set up a new organisation to represent and support their community.

Scottish Smallholder Festival

The Scottish Smallholder Festival is Scotland’s largest smallholder event, celebrating the best of Scottish smallholding, growing and craft.

Organised by smallholders and growers, it is aimed at all those with an interest in the productive use of small land holdings. The next Festival will be held on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at Lanark Agricultural Centre.

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