Keep it local with Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight

Eat on the Green’s Craig Wilson sets a challenge…

Scotland is a rich larder of some of the world’s finest ingredients. In our little corner alone we have some of the best artisan cheeses, Aberdeen Angus beef, world-class whiskies, freshly caught fish and shellfish and more humble ingredients like home-grown tatties, carrots and berries. 

September 4th-19th this year has been designated as Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight. The event showcases and celebrates our wonderful produced and provender in all its glory, and tells the story behind the wonderful products created right here on our doorstep.

This month, set yourself a challenge and cook only with ingredients which are within a 20 mile radius of your home. Seek out those small food producers, ask your butcher for locally reared meats, go to your fish van for fresh, locally caught fish and visit the farm shop for local veg. The closer to home you can go, the better the flavour will be. What’s more, you’re supporting local businesses, reducing food miles and supporting
environmental sustainability.

Bringing together the flavours of the region can produce amazing results. Take a local gin and use it to ‘wash’ some Scottish smoked salmon, serve with a fresh, artisan bread-delicious!

Aberdeen Angus beef is the centrepiece of a truly great, Scottish dish. Keep it simple, serve with fresh local veg and the natural juices of the meat, to keep all those wonderful flavours locked in. 

For some for some #epicbacon-Piggery Smokery is a must, hand crafted to exceptionally high standards, this Alford-based business recently picked up gold, silver and bronze at the British Charcuterie Awards 2020/21.

Local honey, fresh seasonal berries, homemade jam, chutneys and cheeses there are so many delicious choices.

Take time to immerse yourself in the food story of your area-you’re sure to find a wee hidden gem that you’ve never visited before. You won’t regret it!

For further information on Scottish
Food & Drink Fortnight visit

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