Scottish Food and Drink fortnight, the Scottish food and drink industry’s annual festival of gastronomy got underway last weekend, Saturday 4th September.
The festival, which is run by Scotland Food and Drink, has been created to demonstrate the quality and diversity of Scotland’s larder, offering people across the country the opportunity to learn more about Scottish produce, to discover new tastes and meet some of Scotland’s food and drink producers. Over 130 food and drink themed events will take place across the country.
As part of its commitment to Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, EventScotland is supporting a number of events which will feature during the festival. The Dundee Flower and Food Festival launched the Fortnight in style by playing host to the Hairy Bikers. The packed weekend programme also included a craft fair, children’s activities and cookery demonstrations. September 10 sees the start of eatBute, the Isle of Bute’s festival of gastronomy. The 2010 event will see a record number of local producers attending. The Whisky Live franchise comes home to Scotland on 11 September, with Glasgow playing host to the world’s premier whisky tasting and sampling event. The global franchise, which has already visited London and Tokyo, is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2010. The East Renfrewshire Food and Drink Festival, which focuses on healthy eating and living, sustainability and ethnic cuisine, will run from 11 - 18 September. Highlights include the whisky tasting event Uisge Beatha, which offers whisky fans the opportunity to sample a range of rare and fine malts, the Clarkson Farmers Market and cookery demonstrations.