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Food and drink funding

Celebrating local produce.

Regional projects and businesses across Scotland have been awarded funding to promote locally sourced food and drink.

A total of 21 projects will share £95,550 from the Connect Local Regional Food Fund.

Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon announced the funding on a visit to I.J. Mellis Cheesemonger in Edinburgh where she met producers from Fine Cheesemakers of Scotland.

The group has been awarded £3,450 for a range of projects, including ways to promote cheese as a pairing to whisky at distillery visitor centres and in restaurants.

Ms Gougeon recently said:

“I have been hugely impressed by the standard and range of food and drink initiatives across Scotland.

“Innovative projects like these not only help local economies grow, they also promote the importance of locally produced food and drink and the environmental benefits of sourcing produce close to home.

“This fund helps collaborative groups such as Fine Cheesemakers of Scotland create new opportunities for small businesses and producers and promotes Scotland’s world-leading food and drink sector.”

Fine Cheesemakers of Scotland chair Jane Stewart recently said:

“We are delighted to be a recipient of the Regional Food Fund Award. One of our objectives is to collaborate to raise awareness of the diverse range of artisan cheeses made across Scotland and this funding allows us to increase our marketing activity.

“We are proud to be producing award-winning cheeses and excited about targeting different sectors so more people have the opportunity to enjoy our wonderful cheeses, which are part of the diverse selection of food and drink Scotland has to offer the world.”

Background

The Connect Local Regional Food Fund (RFF) is a grant to support growth in Scotland's regional food and drink sector. Delivered by Connect Local and supported by the Scottish Government, applicants can apply for grants up to £5,000.

Since 2018, including this round, the fund has awarded £355,327 to 78 innovative projects.

 

Applicant Name

Grant Awarded (£)

1

Ayrshire Food Hub

4900

2

Beer & Berries

4000

3

Bridge of Allan Food & Drink Town

5000

4

Building the profile of Scotland's Fine Cheesemakers

3450

5

Bute Kitchen

5000

6

Crail Food Trail

5000

7

Establishing a Highland Food & Drink Network

5000

8

Festival of the Sea

5000

9

Great Perthshire Picnic 2

5000

10

Huntly Hairst

1550

11

Lerwick fish market opening pop-up market

5000

12

Megginch Castle Neighbourfood Hub

5000

13

Moffat Eagle Festival

2000

14

Neighbourfood Blairgowrie and Rattray

5000

15

Outer Hebrides Food Tourism Strategy

5000

16

Platform Food & Makers Market

5000

17

ScotRumFest 2020

5000

18

South Lanarkshire Good Food and Drink Week

5000

19

Speyside Producers' Market

4650

20

Stirling Local Food Business Network

5000

21

Taste of Orkney Festival

5000

Total funding awarded = £95,550

 

Channel website: http://www.gov.scot/

Original article link: https://www.gov.scot/news/food-and-drink-funding/

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