Food and drink

Last week’s Forth Valley Food Fest inspired thousands of locals and tourists to reconnect with the land; from picking pumpkins in Arnprior and milking goats in Port of Menteith, to community garden tours at the University and shopping for local produce at farmers’ markets.

A food growing programme which donates fresh fruit and vegetables to the Clydesdale Food Bank celebrated a successful harvest with a big thank you lunch for local producers at Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) last week.

Cork chef, Jack Crotty, known locally as ‘The Rocket Man’, has come to the rescue of Stirling’s online food market with a new e-commerce platform, NeighbourFood.

In a new initiative by the Scottish Government, young people will have the chance to learn where their food comes from, how it gets from farm to fork, and raise their awareness of Scotland’s rural economy.

The Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon, recently attended West Craigie Farm near Queensferry with pupils from Queensferry Primary School. She said: 

Festival of the Sea


​Magnificent 'Behold Malin' Exhibition by Fine Artist Bonita Ellmore, Clyde Fisherman's Trust Artist in Residence



Live music featuring Emma Whyte and other artists, fresh seafood, live cooking demos by real fishermen, story telling, craft stalls, facepainting, whisky stalls, heritage exhibitions, Seafood Scotland tasters and licenced bar.

The 2018 Scottish Rural Parliament will take place in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway on 14th– 16th November. If you live in or are passionate about rural areas in Scotland, you can attend to learn and make your voice heard. This year's theme is "Taking Action".

The event brings together people from rural communities with decision-makers, for three days of celebration and exploration. Participants examine a wide-range of issues affecting rural communities and make recommendations for change.

Following a flood of entries at the Royal Highland show and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Game Fair, Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) has extended the entry deadline for its Helping it Happen awards until 20th July.

Stirling’s successful online local food market has vowed to continue following the shock announcement that The Food Assembly will be pulling out of the UK in September. 

Banchory Beer Festival 2018

The festival runs for 3 days at Deeside Rugby Club pitches, promising a weekend of beer, cider, gin, prosecco, Banchory’ s local rum, street food and live music. There are several bands already lined up, including The Mad Ferret Band and Sea Bass Kids, with more to be announced.

Cowal Highland gathering 2018

2018 will once again bring a huge range of family attractions to the Cowal Highland Gathering, already one of the most spectacular highland games in the world.

With its mix of highland dancing, pipe bands, wrestling, heavy athletics, solo piping, drum majors, ceilidh, children’s entertainment, fun run and local food, there’s something for everyone at the Cowal Highland Gathering.