We are in the midst of the annual celebration of Scotland’s larder – our Food and Drink fortnight, 3-18th September. This year the celebration is highlighting the hard work of fishermen and farmers in Scotland, whose efforts underpin the brilliant fresh produce Scotland is famous for.
Everyone should be proud of Scottish produce, and this fortnight we are raising public awareness and boost the sales and reputation of home grown goods. Last year was the Year of Food and Drink, which celebrated the contribution of food and drink to our economy, and the important connection it has with tourism.
£1 billion was spent on food and drink by visitors last year, with over 1 million people attending food events. The industry turnover is £14.3bn per year, and that figure is set to rise considerably by 2017, to £16.5bn.
I encourage you all to seek out produce from your local area. South Scotland, and the country as a whole, offers us a delicious variety. Buying fresh and local is good for your health, the environment, and our rural economies.
Visit www.fooddrinkfort.scot for eating and drinking inspiration!