Food and drink

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.

The Scottish Rural Network (SRN) recently hosted a visit from a group of Estonian farmers and academics which saw them visiting projects and businesses across western and central Scotland, including Mull.

The SRN put together a programme of visits for the group based on their interests, predominantly sheep farming and slaughterhouses, as the group are in the process of setting up an abattoir on the Estonian island of Muhu.

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.

Last week the Scottish Rural Network (SRN) hosted a visit from a group of 10 Danish Local Action Group (LAG) members from the Jammerbugt-Vesthimmerland region who wanted to visit LEADER funded projects in Scotland. They were specifically interested in the food development and sustainable growth fields and wanted an insight into projects that have been successful in this area, in particular any challenges they have faced/overcome and any learning or networking they could glean from this experience.