Food focus for National Parks Week celebrations

People walking in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, photo courtesy of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Norette Ferns

National Parks Week 2015 takes place from 27 July to 2 August celebrating the UK's 15 National Parks.

The theme of this year's National Parks Week is ‘Landscapes of Plenty’ - an acknowledgement that National Parks are home to productive landscapes and some of the best food and drink in the country.

To help celebrate, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park have produced a series of recipe cards from leading local chefs which can be found on their Facebook page.

Speaking about the fantastic food offering, Mairi Bell, Head of Visitor Experience for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said: "Over the last few years, we have seen a surge in quality produce being more readily available to visitors. With excellent ingredients on the doorstep, we have pioneering local chefs making the most of seasonal produce, craft beer makers, specialist farmers, great butchers and innovative cafes, delis and restaurants across the National Park.

"This year is the year of Food & Drink and we have seen a marked increase in the number of visitors coming to the area to enjoy the very best food Scotland has to offer. Make the most out of National Parks Week and not only discover some hidden gems in the area but enjoy sampling local produce along the way."

A number of events are being held in Cairngorms National Park as part of their celebrations including an Animal Detectives event on 29 July meeting at Killiecrankie Visitor Centre and A Wet & Wild event on 30 July leaving from Blair Atholl Visitor Centre.

Check out the National Parks website for some great lists of things to see and do in National Parks across the UK, from Farmers Markets to Family Picnic Spots.