Food and drink

A new rural services initiative to help rural pubs diversify and provide local services in communities will launch in the Scottish Borders in January.

Pub is The Hub is launching its service in the Scottish Borders in partnership with Scottish Borders Council. It is also supported by the Scottish Government, the Prince’s Countryside Fund and Diageo.

Views are being sought on the future direction of the Cairngorm and Glenmore area of the Cairngorms National Park.

A 14-week public consultation has launched with the aim of developing a long-term strategy for the management of the publicly-owned land in this area.

More than 100 young farmers gathered in Dundee recently for the second Scottish Association of Young Farmers' Clubs' Agri and Rural Affairs Conference.

Members from across the country took part in the 'Cultivating Futures' event which explored the theme of opportunties for young people.

#ruralhour Food and Drink

An hour-long discussion on Twitter about Food and Drink.

To find the Scottish Rural Parliament on Twitter search for @ScotRuralParl.

To take part, search for #ruralhour at 9pm on Tuesday 8 December and respond to the questions the Scottish Rural Parliament post, or conversations on the subject that other people start. Keep using #ruralhour with every tweet and refresh your #ruralhour search to make sure you see what other people are saying.

Fruit Futures Festive Fun

An evening celebrating all things fruitful this Christmas. A great way to meet other orchard related projects in your area as well as an opportunity to treat yourself and volunteers to mulled apple juice, apple related Christmas crafts and festive fruity food.

It would be wonderful if everyone could please bring along some food to share and discuss Christmas recipes to make with your fruit. If you are unable to we would still love you to come of course!

To book please email

Feeding silage to pigs: a taster session

A pork tasting morning session to compare the taste of pork from pigs that have been fed a standard ration compared to pigs fed on an alternative ration containing silage.  

Does an alternative ration affect taste?  

Free of charge to farmers and land managers & £40.00 plus VAT to others.

For further information or to book a place call David on 07718 570 946 or email

What is the future of farming in Scotland?

Join Nourish Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage to reflect on, discuss and influence the future of farming in Scotland.

This summer the Scottish Government produced a discussion document setting out their vision for the future of farming in Scotland.

The second funding round of the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation scheme closes for applications on 15 November.

Promotion and valorisation of local products

The Polish Local Action Group called 'Lower Vistula Bend' are now preparing their local development strategy for the years 2015-2023.

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Scottish Rural Action have announced that the first Scottish Rural Summit will take place on 24 November in East Lothian.

This event will bring together invited representatives from the public sector, rural communities and others to look at opportunities for rural Scotland to be empowered, connected and sustainable.