Saturday Pop-up Shops will showcase local, organic produce from 10 am – 2 pm every week until 26th of October, near the Tolbooth

FORRES, MORAY – A new weekly “Forres Feast” Pop-up Shop on the High Street is giving local households, chefs and visitors a new way to buy fresh organically grown fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs from local producers, beginning 15th of June.

The Saturday Pop-up Shops are part of a larger five-month Forres Feast project which received a £5,000 Connect Local Regional Food Fund (RFF) Award in mid-May, to improve collaboration between growers and to promote their products in the Forres area.

“The Forres Feast project not only demonstrates strong collaboration, but also a strong ‘local’ focus that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the local economy and food tourism in the Forres area,” said Ceri Ritchie, Connect Local Project Manager.

Pam Rodway from Wester Lawrenceton Farm is project manager of Forres Feast, on behalf of Forres Area Food Producers, a newly formed collaborative of local growers, processors, distributors, and champions of local, organic produce. The group began meeting in October 2018 to explore the environmental benefits of organically produced local food and how to promote it to the people of Forres.

“Forres Feast recognises that the same benign microclimate that has made Moray globally famous for malt whisky, shortbread, preserves, and seafood also has a tradition of market gardens and orchards that flourish on its fertile soils,” said Pam. “We want to make it easier for households, chefs and tourists to discover and taste the seasonal succession of fresh, organically grown fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs from Forres Area Food Producers.”

Grower contributors to the market will include Wester Lawrenceton Farm (Califer Hill), Marcassie (Rafford), Bruntlands Farm (Alves), Roots, Fruits & Leaves (Findhorn), Elgin Food Hub (Elgin), Roseisle Orchard (Roseisle), and other producers who meet the project team’s “local, organically grown” criteria.

Forres Feast is working in collaboration with Findhorn Bay Arts (where the Pop-up Shops will take place) and Transition Town Forres (TTF). The High Street Pop-up Shops will run until the 26th of October. The highlight of Forres Feast will be a community celebration at the height of the harvest on the 5th of October at Forres Town Hall. For the month of July, the Pop-up Shop will be shared with Forres Crafters, local craft makers working together to showcase their skills, talents and creativity.

We look forward to bringing a fresh taste to the Forres High Street for residents, chefs and tourists alike through the Forres Feast Weekly Pop-up Shops in the summer and autumn, and Community Celebration in October,” said Pam. “Our collaboration with Forres Crafters in July is a good first step to bring back local food and local crafts to Forres High Street as part of the wider movement to regenerate high streets and town centres throughout Scotland.”

Stay in touch with the Forres Feast project @ForresFeast on facebook, instagram and twitter. Contact the project team by emailing forresfeast@gmail.com.