Forth Valley Food & Drink promotes the area’s rich local larder. Our growing network includes a diverse range of organisations from farms, breweries, restaurants and café’s, to producers, social enterprises and community growing projects.
The funding has helped us with the costs of running the network, from co-ordination, PR and photography to website and filming. It has also helped support our annual Food and Drink festival, which attracts thousands of visitors to Forth Valley every October. We’ve also run a number of marketing campaigns over the past year from our celebration of ‘local food heroes’ during the height of the pandemic to our latest ‘picnic trail’ encouraging people to pop local produce in their basket. We’re constantly looking for new ways to innovate and keep our rich local larder and the people who run it in the spotlight.
Our annual Food Festival is one of the key highlights of our calendar. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, our two week festival in October 2020 was a great success. We ran a daily programme of online and socially distant events: from foodie podcasts with Forth Environment Link and pumpkin picking at Arnprior Farm, to online kitchen medicine workshops with Trossachs Wild Apothecary and family friendly cook-alongs, including meatball making with Stirling’s Mamma Mia restaurant. During the festival, over 2300 people also tuned into two cook-alongs broadcast live on Facebook from Bannockburn House.
We’ll be focussing on growing our membership and collaborating with local and national partners to develop Forth Valley as a must-visit food and drink destination. We’ve just created a food trail to shine a spotlight on our rich local larder and will continue to evolve our flagship event, Forth Valley Food & Drink Festival which takes place every October. This year’s festival will be a real celebration and an opportunity for food and drink businesses to engage with and thank the customers who have supported them throughout the pandemic.
You can support us by joining our network, participating in our festival and buying local produce wherever possible.
By signing up, members benefit from:
Find out more about Forth Valley Food & Drink by visiting their website here.