Food and drink

Over 900 pupils are taking part a project which encourages classes to grow and harvest their own potatoes from scratch.

The Mr Jazzy Potato Project is organised by the Perth & Kinross Initiative of the Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) and sponsored by WCF Horticulture, a leading packer and supply chain manager to the horticultural sector, specialising in seed potatoes.

This year's BBC Food and Farming Awards are now open for nominations.

Is there an outstanding food or drink producer in your area? Do you know an amazing cook? Is there an inspirational farmer you think deserves special recognition?

You can make your nominations for the annual BBC Food and Farming Awards in the following categories:

Meet Our Producers and Stirling's Food and Drink Ecosystem

STEP Food, Drink and Tourism are delighted to invite you to our annual food and drink event which will showcase the fantastic produce on our doorstep!

Find out how local produce can add significant value to your own business.

There will be an opportunity to sample some local flavours from producers at our ‘Tasting Tables’ during lunch and discuss how you can supply their products in your business.


1130 - Registration and Networking

1200 - Welcome

Scotland Food & Drink are carrying out a short online survey to gather views to help grow the food tourism sector in Scotland.

Food tourism includes any tourism experience in which a person consumes and/or learns about food and drink that reflects the local cuisine, heritage or culture of a place. This includes the active pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences as well as agri-tourism.

RHET Volunteer Training Night

Due to the continued success of The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) in Perth & Kinross they have organised a Volunteer Training Night on Monday 29 January 2018 at Letham St Marks Church Centre, Perth from 7 – 9pm.

Chair Emily Grant has invited all current and potential volunteers to come along to learn tips and techniques on how to teach pupils about food and farming.  

Emily said:

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