Dundee Eats is an illustrated, fold-out guide that celebrates the city’s delicacies, food districts, favourite tipples and even its eating habits.
The guide was produced in conjunction with a group of food and drink experts from the city’s thriving independent food and drink sector and is packed full of locals’ tips and advice about what to try and where to go, along with an insider’s guide to three of Dundee’s best-loved food districts.
“Our city has a fabulous reputation for its food and drink and we hope Dundee Eats encourages visitors and locals alike to experience the food and drink scene we have here to the full," says Cllr Alan Ross of Dundee One City, Many Discoveries, the campaign who developed the guide.
As well as showcasing the excellence of Dundee’s food and drink, Dundee Eats shines a spotlight on the gastronomic delights to be found throughout Tay Country - the stretch of coast and countryside that spans out from the centre of Dundee.
Chef Rory Lovie of Bridgeview Station restaurant says: “Dundee’s a great place to eat and drink because of our proximity to field, farm and coastline, so we’ve included a map of the wider area showing how close Dundee is to these world-class food producing areas."
“We’ve also included a Food Bucket List,” adds Rory. “These are ten food experiences unique to Dundee which everyone should taste at least once.
"We’re hoping people will tell share their own suggestions too, using the hashtag #DundeeEats”
In addition, Dundee Eats shines a light on the city’s Good Food Heroes – people who are really making a difference to how Dundonians eat, drink and cook.
These include a pioneering café owner who uses vegetables from her Grandad's allotment, along with multi award-winning chefs, and Dundee’s Godfather of Pizzas, Luigi Esposito.
Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, Food & Drink Scotland says: “Scotland’s food and drink has changed beyond all recognition in the last 30 years to become one of the country’s most successful sectors.
"This corner of Scotland is a prime example of how to make the most of Scotland’s top quality, locally-produced vegetables, fruit, meat, game, fish, seafood and more.
“Dundee is fast becoming one of the top places to eat in the UK, and Dundee Eats will help spread the word further about the fabulous food and drink on offer in Dundee and across Tay Country, contributing to the national food tourism ambition at the same time”
Dundee Eats is beautifully illustrated by local artist Laura Darling, whose eye-catching maps and illustrations bring Dundee’s unique food story to life.
“My illustrations were inspired by the playfulness of Dundee's food and drink scene - people are doing delightfully innovative and creative things yet at the same time not taking themselves too seriously.
“The guide is packed with fascinating facts and I loved working on it, although I did get very hungry drawing fish suppers and fudge doughnuts," says Laura.
Printed versions of Dundee Eats are now available to pick up from many independent food shops, eating places and bars throughout the city.
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