Stirling’s growing local food economy will receive a boost next week with the launch of a plan to support and develop the sector.
Something was different at King’s Cross on Wednesday. Two huge Saltires were flying from the station roof in the breeze as Atholl Highlander pipers and dancers welcomed travellers. Colourful flash mob dancers promoted the Pitlochry Festival Theatre ‘Summer Holiday’ production, whilst 17 volunteers provided information on how direct train travel to the Scottish Highlands (day or overnight) was just a few steps away. Meanwhile, LNER was launching their brand new Azuma trains that will soon be providing an upgraded service to the highlands.
PLATFORM has been welcoming over 3000 visitors every weekend for the past year, and since launching the Food and Makers Market on 31st March 2019, the team has seen a rise in the amount of people wanting to shop from local and independent suppliers, sharing the same farm to fork ethos that is at the core of Platform’s values.
Two hundred farmers, researchers, academics and students from Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Ireland, the USA and from across the UK took part in what is believed to be the first ever conference on the emerging ‘ethical’ farming sector.
Funding has been granted to initiatives across Scotland to help celebrate Scotland’s regional food and drink industries. A total of 23 projects will share £104,500 awarded via the Connect Local Regional Food Fund.