Take part in Forth Valley Food Festival

Kat and Kevin from Gartur Stitch Farm
Norette Ferns

Organisers of the Forth Valley Food Festival want to hear from anyone who is interested in taking part in the event.

The festival launched last year and is back for 2019, showcasing the region's diverse larder. The event will take place from 11 to 20 October and is already shaping up, with a range of activities on offer from wild cocktail making to farm tours.

​There is still time for more businesses, communities and local organisations to get involved. Organisers Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER and Stirling Council want to hear from anyone who grows, sells or makes local food. 

Suggested activities include offering farm tours, putting on a special menu showcasing local produce, organising a community meal, running a cookery workshop or simply sharing your local food story on social media with the hashtag #ForthValleyFoodFest.

Last year’s pilot festival attracted over 1,000 locals and tourists, from picking pumpkins in Arnprior and milking goats in Port of Menteith, to learning about how our food gets from farm to fork through community garden tours and film screenings.

Smallholders Kat Goldin and Kevin Harrison used the 2018 trail as a chance to road test their new ‘Meet the Goats’ experience at Gartur Stitch Farm.

Kat said:

"We launched our ‘Meet the Goats’ farm tour during last year’s festival. As a result of its popularity, we've kept it on as a permanent feature on Fridays and Saturdays. Since the festival we’ve welcomed over 800 people to our farm and the tour is now one of the highest rated experiences on Airbnb!"

To register your interest in taking part in this year’s festival please contact Local Food & Drink Co-ordinator Ashley Robinson at robinsona@stirling.gov.uk or the LEADER team on info@fvl.org.uk