Local food and drink initiatives are toasting their success this New Year after being awarded grants totalling £95,700 from the second round of the Regional Food Fund.

The funding has been awarded to 21 projects across the country  ranging from smaller-scale, localised programmes to larger collaborative initiatives.

Successful projects in this round include Aberdeen’s Thistle Street Market, a harvest Food Festival in Castle Douglas, and an Ethical Farming Conference set to take place in Dumfries and Galloway.

Welcoming the announcement, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“The food and drink produced here is amongst the best in the world and there is a huge appetite for it – both domestically and abroad. The Regional Food Fund is an initiative to help increase access to that fresh, seasonal, and nutritious food and drink. By providing some financial assistance required to allow these fantastic projects to thrive we are making the best of Scotland’s produce, and further adding to our credentials as a leading food tourism destination.
 
“And I hope that the success of these projects in applying for funding will encourage others to do the same.”

Ceri Ritchie, Connect Local Project Manager and Sector Manager for Food and Drink at SAC Consulting, said:

“Once again, we have been incredibly impressed with the range and quality of applications to the Regional Food Fund, and it’s a privilege to be able to support so many in this second round.
 
“It’s clear that that local food and drink projects, in all their diversity, are flourishing across the country, with businesses coming together to promote and grow their area’s larder and the producers behind it. We believe that by doing so, not only will communities benefit, but Scotland’s entire food and drink economy and culture will benefit too.
 
“We look forward to seeing the projects develop and creating a lasting impact in the months and years to come.”

 

Applicant NameGrant Awarded (£)
Beer from Perthshire Larder5000
Castle Douglas Harvest Food Festival5000
Celebrating Seasonal Fife5000
Collaborative bee farming, education and honey food tastings5000
Cook Ayrshire5000
Eaglesham Beer Festival 20192500
Ethical Farming Conference5000
First Friday Producers Market2624
Food from Argyll /AITC Website Project2000
Food from Fife Website5000
Food School Scotland5000
Halloween Harvest and more5000
Lochaber Food5000
North Ronaldsay Mutton – Scotland’s first Presidium5000
Online Materials to support  small food producers4076
Skye Food Link Van + Taste Local Awards4500
Streetfood Zone at the Stranraer Oyster Festival5000
Sustainable Growing of Botanicals for Scottish Gin5000
Taste of Grampian5000
The Thistle Street Food Market5000
Thrumster Game & Countryside Fair5000