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September 1, 2017

Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight

Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight starts tomorrow and organisers are encouraging the Scottish public to get involved.

Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight launched yesterday at Barras Art and Design (BaaD) and A’Challtainn restaurant.

The nationwide event supports, promotes and champions Scotland’s produce and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it.

The annual celebration takes place between Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 17th September 2017 inclusive.

Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight needs you

Over the course of the fortnight, organisers want the public to champion Scotland’s larder by changing one thing about their diet.

And to help, Scotland Food and Drink has set out a diary of suggested themes for change.

For instance, they suggest that tomorrow we all have a picnic using Scottish produce. On Tuesday, they suggest that we change something in our packed lunches. Perhaps swapping gorgonzola for Scottish cheddar or using Scottish salmon rather than Danish cold meat.

For some reason, next Saturday’s suggestion of mixing it up with a Scottish-themed drinks party appeals to this blogger. From craft beer to gin and whisky, Scotland’s brewers and distillers have lots of goodies to offer.

The full list is here.

Join in

As always, organisers would love to see the public demonstrate their participation on social media. We are invited to join the conversation on Twitter @scotfoodfort using #scotfoodfort and #onethingfortnight.

Food and drink are areas in which Scotland excels. At present, the Scottish food and drink sector is worth around £15 billion a year. That’s good. However, the plan is to grow that to £30 billion by 2030. And encouraging people to eat local is an essential part of that plan.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said:

‘Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate what we have here in Scotland. Producers, chefs and the wider food and drink sector are often too humble about the part they play in showcasing Scotland’s natural larder. The Fortnight give us the chance to celebrate them and their role in our wonderful industry, whilst also demonstrating to the wider public just why Scotland has earned the reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

‘Just one change can make a huge difference. Get involved and let us know what you are doing to support the Fortnight. I need to be healthier and my one change this Fortnight is to fully embrace Scotland’s natural larder and eat more fruit and vegetables. We’ll be offering prizes at the end of the Fortnight to those who have been the most dedicated supporters of the campaign. I am really looking forward to seeing all the different ways in which people get involved.’

Of course, many of our restaurants use Scottish produce and take great pride in doing so. You can browse and book Scottish restaurants on 5pm Dining.