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  • 26 March 2015

    LEADING EUROPEAN SPORTS CREATE EXCITING NEW MULTI-SPORT EVENT TO BE STAGED IN GLASGOW AND BERLIN IN 2018

    Glasgow is to co-host the first of an exciting new multi-sport event in 2018 following a decision by some of Europe’s top sports to bring together their prestigious European Championships for the first time.

    In a sporting partnership with Berlin announced today, which will attract a projected television audience of around 850 million, Glasgow will be Host City to four sports including cycling and swimming as part of the inaugural European Sports Championships.

     Given the heritage of the sport in Scotland, there is a further aspiration for golf to be included within the concept, with Gleneagles as the chosen venue. The event would be legacy from Scotland’s staging of the spectacular Ryder Cup in 2014.

     The governing bodies of some of the top European sports have come together to create a strong new brand on the world stage to grow their television audiences and sponsorship opportunities. With more than 2700 hours of programming across some of Europe’s biggest free-to-air broadcasters planned, the event will enjoy massive exposure across the continent.

     To be staged in the summer of 2018, around 2900 athletes will come to Scotland as part of a total delegation of around 8200 including officials, media and others. A further 1500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the exciting new 10 to 12 day fixture on the world’s sporting calendar.

     Funded jointly by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council, the new event will be run in partnership and allow Glasgow and Scotland to continue to build on the economic and sporting legacy achieved by staging the Commonwealth Games in 2014. With a cultural, tourism and sporting partnership also planned with Berlin, Glasgow will be promoted across Europe as a tourist and business destination.

     With sport now contributing more than £360m of added value to the Glasgow economy and tourism bringing £495m a year to the city, attracting events of this calibre has become key to the city’s economic success. As well as Glasgow’s businesses enjoying a direct economic impact of more than £200m over the period of the Commonwealth Games, around 5500 young people gained apprenticeships as part of Games legacy and sport now supports around 10,000 jobs in the city.

    Swimming, involving nearly 900 athletes, will be staged at three venues with the main swimming event at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow and the diving and synchronised swimming at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. The open water swimming competition is to be staged at Loch Lomond.

    The four cycling competitions – track, road race, mountain-biking and BMX – will attract 650 of Europe’s top names to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, the streets of Glasgow and a new BMX track to be built in the city. This is the first time all four cycling championships have been staged together.

    Rowing and triathlon will see around 760 athletes compete at the world-class Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire.

    Berlin will host the athletics at their iconic Olympic Stadium.

    Glasgow’s Opening Ceremony will take place in George Square where there will be a live celebration zone throughout the Championships. Sauchiehall Street and the Merchant City Festival will also be live celebration zones with the focus for all the activities being focused on the city centre. The city will also stage a European Cultural Festival in collaboration with arts venues across the city.

    Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said: “Last summer Scotland showed the world what a tremendous job it can do when it comes to staging major sporting events, with the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup both hugely successful. As part of the legacy of those events, we want to attract even more top class sport to Scotland, and the European Sports Championships is certainly in that category.

    “The European Sports Championships will be another chance for Scotland to prove it’s the perfect stage for top class events. Not only will this be a fantastic opportunity for Scottish sports fans to see some of Europe’s top athletes competing in our world-class venues, it will also be attract visitors from around the continent, providing a great boost to the economy.”

    Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “I am delighted that Glasgow has been chosen by such prestigious sporting bodies to stage this new and exciting event in partnership with our friends in Berlin. We have been chosen because of our excellence and innovation and our proven ability to stage world-class events. Not to mention of course our citizens’ world-famous warm welcome, so superbly demonstrated during the Commonwealth Games, described as the best ever staged.

    "Not only will Glasgow’s tourism offer be promoted across Europe helping to support our key services sector, but we will be able to continue many of the outstanding legacy initiatives which have done so much to create opportunity and help improve health and wellbeing outcomes for our citizens. For example, hosting these world class events has helped us increase attendance at sporting facilities by 50 per cent, and increased the number of people joining sports clubs by a staggering 288 per cent.

    “Major events have become part of the bread and butter of our city’s economy and we can now look forward with tremendous excitement and focus to the next big thing on the Glasgow calendar.”

     

    Category: International Events

  • 25 March 2015

    Sixty Scottish producers head to Springfest

     

    Springfest, the Scottish Food & Drink Festival, to welcome 60 producers over Easter weekend
    In less than two weeks the first ever Springfest will transform the calm and picturesque surroundings of Loch Lomond Shores into a festival jam-packed with fantastic produce from across the country.
    Brought to you by the team behind the hugely Successful Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival, on 4th and 5th April, 60 stalls will be bursting with the best of Scottish food and drink with plenty to sample from chocolate to venison and more to take home including free-from produce, freshly baked breads, fresh veg, meat and unique produce from the likes of Chillilicious and Poporopo, the first Gourmet popcorn company in Scotland.
    If you’re just looking for some fridge staples, fresh veg, meat and fish will be delivered directly to the event so you can look forward to eating well for the rest of the week!
    Springfest is delighted to welcome two pop-up eateries: Willow Team Rooms present Mackintosh on the Loch with delightful own-blend teas and fresh baked cakes from 10am – 6pm over both days; and Kilted Skirlie Restaurant will feature a specially selected menu. 
    Just a taste of the producers attending: melt-in-the-mouth Scottish Highland Beef from Cedar Cottage Country Food; expertly blended loose herbal teas with whole herbs and spices from Miss IntegriTea; the Scottish Charcuterie Company’s air-dried, Scottish meats with their own carefully developed recipes; hog roast with a side of haggis at The Rollin Pig and make sure you stop by the popular Summer Harvest Oils for tips on what to cook with this fantastically healthful oil. 
    It may be Scottish produce but it’s not all traditional flavours: the team from Helensburgh based La Barca tapas restaurant will be bringing along their giant paella pan; Scozzese Wood Fired Pizza will be making their fresh, hot and crispy pizza like Nonna used to make back in Italy; Kwan’s Kitchen stir-fry kits and sauces with come with plenty of advice on how to get authentic, Chinese flavours into your cooking; and the real taste of Mexico arrives on the loch with the team from Mighty Mexican.
    The festival isn’t just for human consumption. If you have a four-legged friend who likes handmade treats then don’t forget to stop off at Gourmet Dog Treats.
    Whilst sampling some exciting new products, visitors can enjoy live cooking demos, live music and a range of spontaneous loch-side performances throughout the day. 
    Clare Gemmell, Loch Lomond Shores General Manager, said: “There are so many new producers coming along to this event, I have been gobsmacked to learn just how many talented food and drink producers we have in Scotland, from wines, beers and tea through to fudge, stovies and sausages. I am also really excited to see so many gluten, sugar and dairy free options; it shows that Scotland is listening to the needs of its customers.”
    Springfest is set to attract thousands of visitors to the picturesque surroundings over the course of the two day event, all looking for the ultimate day out just a short distance from Glasgow and surrounding areas.
    Springfest is a free event with free parking. For more information and directions go to lochlomondspringfest.co.uk 

    Springfest, the Scottish Food & Drink Festival, is set to welcome 60 producers to Loch Lomond over the Easter weekend.

    In less than two weeks the first ever Springfest will transform the calm and picturesque surroundings of Loch Lomond Shores into a festival jam-packed with fantastic produce from across the country.

    Brought to you by the team behind the hugely Successful Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival, on 4th and 5th April, 60 stalls will be bursting with the best of Scottish food and drink with plenty to sample from chocolate to venison and more to take home including free-from produce, freshly baked breads, fresh veg, meat and unique produce from the likes of Chillilicious and Poporopo, the first Gourmet popcorn company in Scotland.

    If you’re just looking for some fridge staples, fresh veg, meat and fish will be delivered directly to the event so you can look forward to eating well for the rest of the week!

    Springfest is delighted to welcome two pop-up eateries: Willow Team Rooms present Mackintosh on the Loch with delightful own-blend teas and fresh baked cakes from 10am – 6pm over both days; and Kilted Skirlie Restaurant will feature a specially selected menu. 

    Just a taste of the producers attending: melt-in-the-mouth Scottish Highland Beef from Cedar Cottage Country Food; expertly blended loose herbal teas with whole herbs and spices from Miss IntegriTea; the Scottish Charcuterie Company’s air-dried, Scottish meats with their own carefully developed recipes; hog roast with a side of haggis at The Rollin Pig and make sure you stop by the popular Summer Harvest Oils for tips on what to cook with this fantastically healthful oil. 

    It may be Scottish produce but it’s not all traditional flavours: the team from Helensburgh based La Barca tapas restaurant will be bringing along their giant paella pan; Scozzese Wood Fired Pizza will be making their fresh, hot and crispy pizza like Nonna used to make back in Italy; Kwan’s Kitchen stir-fry kits and sauces with come with plenty of advice on how to get authentic, Chinese flavours into your cooking; and the real taste of Mexico arrives on the loch with the team from Mighty Mexican.

    The festival isn’t just for human consumption. If you have a four-legged friend who likes handmade treats then don’t forget to stop off at Gourmet Dog Treats.

    Whilst sampling some exciting new products, visitors can enjoy live cooking demos, live music and a range of spontaneous loch-side performances throughout the day. 

    Clare Gemmell, Loch Lomond Shores General Manager, said: “There are so many new producers coming along to this event, I have been gobsmacked to learn just how many talented food and drink producers we have in Scotland, from wines, beers and tea through to fudge, stovies and sausages.

    "I am also really excited to see so many gluten, sugar and dairy free options; it shows that Scotland is listening to the needs of its customers.”

    Springfest is set to attract thousands of visitors to the picturesque surroundings over the course of the two day event, all looking for the ultimate day out just a short distance from Glasgow and surrounding areas.

    Springfest is a free event with free parking.

    For more information and directions go to lochlomondspringfest.co.uk 

    Category: Food and Drink

  • 24 March 2015

    Montrose Music Festival announces Ash as headline act

    Northern Irish alternative rock band, Ash, has been confirmed as the headline act for this year’s Montrose Music Festival.

    The music trio will perform at the Montrose Town Hall on Friday 22nd May 2015, kick-starting the weekend event, which attracts around 100 bands from across the UK, to venues in Montrose. This year’s festival takes place from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015.

    Ash will showcase songs, including Cocoon, from its forthcoming studio album, Kablammo!, its first in eight years, when it takes to the stage in Montrose this May.

    Ash’s vocalist and guitarist, Tim Wheeler, said:

     “We’re really pleased to be back on the road doing a few shows this year, and are really looking forward to kicking it off with a night in Montrose as part of its music festival.”

    The Montrose Music Festival, or MoFest, as it’s affectionately known, is now in its eighth year and has 210 free gigs in 26 local venues lined-up for music fans.

    MoFest’s Chairman, David Paton, said:

    “Now in its eighth year, the Montrose Music Festival is going from strength to strength. We’re thrilled to welcome Ash to the line-up and have the band headline our weekend of music.

    “We established the festival to make live music more accessible and year on year it’s developing and attracting more music fans as well as bands eager to take part. This year, we’ve had over 350 band applications which we’ve had to whittle down to around 100 bands, which will put on 210 free gigs over the weekend. It’s shaping up to be great MoFest!”

    New for this year as part of the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, delivered by VisitScotland, is a ‘market street’ outdoor area, featuring stalls with delicious Scottish produce.

    Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnership Director, said:

    “It’s fantastic to hear that once again the Montrose Music Festival will be bringing some of the best-known names in British music to Angus.  As well as serving a great day out for music fans, this event provides a real opportunity to raise the profile of Angus as a fantastic destination to explore, particularly during the Year of Food and Drink 2015.  The region is renowned for its culinary delights from potato vodka to the world famous Arbroath smokie. The introduction of a new ‘market street’ at this year’s event is sure to whet the appetite of festival goers and will help showcase the best of Scotland’s natural larder.

    “Events and concerts are an increasingly important part of the visitor economy in Scotland. These experiences encourage repeat tourism and have a long term economic benefit for the region.”

    David Paton added:

    “We’re really excited to be adding a local food and drink aspect to this year’s festival, with support from VisitScotland.

    “We’ve vendors coming to showcase a range of Scottish produce from Scottish salmon sushi to a local brewery, which coupled with a chill out tent with acoustic music sets, will create a relaxed environment.”

    Following on from the hugely successful Status Quo show on Montrose East Links last year, MoFest and LCC Live have teamed up again. This year, they will bring Madness to Montrose as part of the festival’s offering, with a show at the East Links on Sunday 5th July. Tickets are still available for Madness in Montrose at: www.ticketline.co.uk/madness.

    Ash at the Montrose Town Hall is the only ticketed event of MoFest’s May weekend. Tickets are priced from £20 and are on sale from 10am on Friday 27th March. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13304173; by phone: 0844 888 9991, or from Montrose’s Links Hotel (Fairways Suite) between 10am to 12noon on Saturday 28th March 2015 (cash or card payments will be accepted). This show is for over 16’s only.

    To find out more about MoFest, please visit: www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk or follow on Twitter: @mofest2015 or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/montrosemusicfestival). 

    Category: Food and Drink News

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