Scotland’s local food and drink marketing advisory service

Welcome to Connect Local

  • Do you run a Scottish food or drink business?
  • Are you a member of, or thinking of setting up, a common interest or regional group or network?
  • Are you working collaboratively to help promote local and regional food and drink?
  • Are you looking to develop your capabilities and grow your business?

If any of the above apply, then you’re in the right place!

Delivered by our expert team of food and drink specialists, Connect Local is a free service that can help with advice on:

Some of Our Latest News

Get ready to tuck in with Dundee Eats

Dundee’s status as one of Scotland’s most exciting foodie destinations has been confirmed with the launch of Dundee Eats – a beautifully illustrated, fold-out guide celebrating the city’s delicacies, food districts, favourite tipples and even its eating habits!

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Upcoming Workshops

Storytelling and Sense of Place: Food Tourism Workshop

This free workshop is delivered by a range of specialists with extensive experience working with both the food & drink and tourism sectors. It will offer ideas and opportunities to celebrate ‘sense of place’ plus tips for telling stories around local produce, and...

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Connect Local: Selling for Success

Connect Local, the Scottish Government's local food and drink marketing advisory service, is delighted to offer business a free practical and interactive workshop designed to help food and drink build sales, marketing techniques and pitching skills for success....

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Food Tourism Learning Journey to Iceland

Join us in March 2020, where a group of professionals from Scotland’s seafood industry will travel to North Iceland for a learning journey focused on studying food tourism in the Icelandic seafood sector.

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The Connect Local workshops, led by expert trainers, with years of commercial and practical experience, are designed to equip delegates with tangible skills and knowledge to help their business grow. Here’s what some of our delegates have had to say:

Fantastic course. Useful and relevant information. Both course trainers were excellent.

Jonathan Sharman

Seven Kings Brewery

Really interesting and useful day.  Great environment to ask questions and not made to feel daft for doing so. Recommend!

Kathryn Baker

Sacred Grounds Coffee Company

Enjoyable, relevant and engaging. Relaxed atmosphere – felt comfortable asking questions.

Carole Somerville


I have found the conversations really beneficial and [they] have made me consider how we move forward.

John Walsh

Redcastle Spirits Ltd