Beneficiaries of the Regional Food Fund announced.
A total of 24 projects across the country have received funding of £110,000 to promote and showcase quality regional produce.
The latest round of the Regional Food Fund (RFF) was launched in April this year to support the development of local food and drink projects with grants of up to £5,000.
Managed by industry organization Scotland Food & Drink, the fund is designed to help the sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and raise the profile of local and regional produce.
Initiatives supported by this fund range from food and beverage festivals and events to food tourism collaborations, from online and physical marketplaces to e-commerce such as the Stranraer Oyster Festival, Clyde Island Gin Passport and Bowhouse Link. Several regional food groups across the country will carry out projects, such as the farm gate sale by Bute Kitchen; promotional pop-ups by Appetite for Angus; a buy local campaign from Eat and Drink Dundee and a food heritage project from Lanarkshire Larder.
Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, said:
“This is the third round of funding under the Regional Food Fund and I am delighted to see the participation of such a diverse range of projects.
“These collaborative projects will help showcase the incredible range of food and drink produced in Scotland, providing more unique and memorable dining and drinking experiences and will boost the sale of local produce, develop tourism opportunities gastronomy and will contribute to the recovery.
“Our aim remains to promote local products, including high standards of welfare and production, as well as taking into account environmental issues, which is of increasing interest to consumers.”
Fiona Richmond, Regional Food Manager at Scotland Food & Drink, said:
“It is fantastic to support 24 more collaborative food and beverage projects with this latest round of Regional Food Fund funding.
“From the quality of the applications, we can see that there is a lot of energy and commitment to developing local food and beverage initiatives, all of which play a vital role in growing the food sectors. , drinks and tourism all over the country. .
“Our congratulations to all the recipients and we look forward to seeing the projects grow over the coming months to create a lasting impact on communities across Scotland.”
List of projects subsidized under the Regional Food Fund 2022.