Food and drink

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.

A new community-owned distillery in the Highlands will be launching a second community share offer in August.

GlenWyvis Distillery, near Dingwall, has marked its latest construction milestone with the announcement that a new share offer will be launched to meet continuing demand from locals and visitors who want to be part of the world's first 100 percent community-owned whisky distillery.

Food and drink in Scotland’s first National Park has grown to be worth £60million in the past two years.

Visitors to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are increasingly coming to enjoy a flavour of the high quality food and drink on offer in the area. As a result the Food and Drink sector is now sustaining over 1,000 full time jobs in the National Park.

Sixteen projects have secured funding from the latest round of the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) grant scheme.

Grant funding is available for business groups and local bodies, working in partnership with their local authority, to develop proposals for Business Improvement Districts across Scotland.

A Business Improvement District (BID) is about businesses working together and investing collectively in local improvements, in addition to those delivered by the statutory authorities. These improvements will be of benefit to the businesses involved and also contribute to the wider aspirations of the local residential community and growing the local economy.

An innovative tea growing project in Angus, Perth & Kinross and Fife has received a funding boost from the LEADER programmes in these areas.

The award of £49,550 has been made to Artisan Tea Gardens Ltd by the LEADER Local Action Groups in Angus, Fife and Perth & Kinross.

Artisan Tea Gardens Ltd is a collaborative partnership of nine tea growers, two in Angus, five in Perth & Kinross and two in Fife, who aim to grow 100 percent Scottish tea for lovers of traditionally-made produce.

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