Food and drink

An additional £450,000 has been made available as part of Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund to help the return of events across the country. 

This is a top up to the £2.75 million Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund, which opened for applications in November 2020, and together will support 275 events across the country.

Public bodies to prepare plans making good quality food accessible to all

The Good Food Nation Bill will ensure Scottish Ministers and a range of public bodies will produce good food nation plans to support social and economic wellbeing, the environment, health and economic development.

A Green Rural Recovery: Sustainable Natural Economies of Canada & Scotland

This 90-min webinar will feature renowned scientists from Scotland and Canada, presenting on greener agricultural systems and examining how new technology is being used to boost the natural economy.

Among the speakers will be Professor Rainer Roehe from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), who will talk about his research into the mitigation of methane emissions from beef cattle, and Prof Asim Biswas from the University of Guelph, who will discuss the use of smart farming techniques in Ontario’s grain production.

The Scottish Smallholder Festival

The Board of Smallholding Scotland is delighted to announce that there will be a live Scottish Smallholder Festival on 23rd October 2021 at Forfar Mart. And following on from the success of the 2020 virtual event, there will be a second virtual event in Saturday 30th October, so even if you can’t get to Forfar, you can still join in.

Scottish Agritourism Conference

Scottish Agritourism Conference will bring together everyone interested in the development of agritourism in Scotland.

The conference is set to welcome;

A new programme which places food tourism at the heart of the recovery of Scotland’s tourism and food and drink sectors has launched, with the appointment of 25 Regional Food Tourism Ambassadors.

A project to gauge the impact of environmental and climate change on Scotland’s iconic wild salmon population has begun.

Numbers of wild Atlantic salmon returning to Scotland have declined over the last four decades by around 40%, impacting the conservation status of many rivers in the country.

Forth Valley Food Festival will return for the fourth year in a row this October.

Following the success of last year’s launch, the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) ‘Growing Food Together’ Fund is once again offering a cash boost to community growing projects in Scotland.

A scheme will provide up to £715,000 of financial support to pig producers affected by the temporary closure of the abattoir at Brechin earlier this year.