The annual celebration of Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it, was launched today (2nd September).

Helping to launch Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, which runs from the 3rd-18th September, were some of Scotland’s top prodcuers, including a fishmonger, butcher, rapeseed oil producer, fresh produce supplier, cheesemaker, venison supplier, baker and Land of Food and Drink ambassador chef Graeme Pallister of 63 Tay Street in Perth.

The festival aims to celebrate Scotland’s primary producers, who are vital to the success of the country’s £14.3bn industry.

Without them, Scotland wouldn’t be held in such esteem for its fantastic larder of premium produce with naturally healthy ingredients including oats, soft fruits, dairy , seafood, Scottish Salmon, venison, Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

Scotland Food & Drink Project Manager Fiona Richmond commented: “Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is the perfect opportunity to champion Scotland’s delicious produce and celebrate our world class natural larder of premium produce and the individuals who create it. We owe a debt of gratitude to the farmers and fishermen responsible for earning our deserving reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

“More than 200 events are taking place around the country over the Fortnight in addition to promotions and sampling events across retailers of all sizes. There’s every opportunity to seek out local suppliers and discover what is produced on your doorstep!”

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is organised by Scotland Food & Drink and is funded by the Scottish Government. This year’s celebration takes place during the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, and organisers say it will provide a great platform to showcase the wealth of innovation in the industry from talented producers who combine tradition with originality.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity added: “Food and drink continues to be one of our top global exports and that trend shows no sign of slowing down. The industry is vital to Scotland – it creates jobs and wealth, impacts on health and sustainability, and helps attract people to the country by promoting our food and drink around the globe.

“It’s important to remember that here in Scotland we have a fantastic natural larder right on our doorstep. Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our home grown food and drink and to think about where it comes from. I’d encourage everyone to try and buy the very best food and drink that Scotland has to offer during the next two weeks.”

Visit the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight website at http://fooddrinkfort.scot, follow @scotfoodfort and engage with the discussion using #scotfoodfort.

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