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Orkney & Shetland Supplier Showcase
The supplier showcase is being held on Thursday 16th September on board the NorthLink ferries vessel in Aberdeen. The event will include an overview of Orkney and Shetland Isles food culture and producers; "chefs from the islands" demonstration of local produce; supplier showcase with a chance to meet producers and taste their products and a networking lunch featuring island produce. The event is FREE and open to all foodservice and retail buyers.

2010 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards
The winners were revealed at an awards ceremony held at the Benromach Distillery in Forres. Edinburgh-based brewer Innis & Gunn swept the board winning four awards including the prestigious Business of the Year award, International Business of the Year, Drink - Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic category and Product Innovation category for its Oak Aged Beers. Dean's of Huntly was awarded the Food Tourism award for its Dean's Visitor Centre. For a list of all the winners visit www.scotlandfoodanddrink.org. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "It is truly inspiring to see over 200 entries. Through our national food and drink policy we want to help pubs, hotels, visitor attractions, restaurants and cafes build on our international reputation for first-class food and drink, and deliver the very best Scottish produce to the 16 million people who visit our country every year”

New ‘Tom Kitchin’ ??
An up and coming young Lanarkshire chef has been crowned Scotland’s next culinary rising star, after winning the Apprentice Chef Challenge. Michele Bukkems, 22, from Airdrie triumphed following a heated cook off against five of the finest budding chefs from across Scotland.  The talented chefs were asked to prepare a main course and a dessert using seasonal and sustainable ingredients in a heated cook off, in front of an expert panel at The Braehead Cook School. Michele, who currently works as a chef in Glasgow, will now take up a six-month placement at Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh.  Michelle beat off stiff competition with a menu of poached breast of organic chicken with Grant’s haggis, smoked Ayrshire bacon served with nettle and Highland Park gravy followed by a dessert of baked tart of puff pastry with seasonal rhubarb compote and raspberries, served with a caramel sauce and cranachan cream.

eatBute 2010
eatBute takes place during 11th and 12th September. This excellent 2-day food and crafts market takes place during Scottish Food Fortnight on the Isle of Bute. It is a showcase celebration of fresh, seasonal and locally produced food and takes place around the grounds of Mount Stuart. There is a host of entertainment planned for the 2 days and entry is free. For more information visit www.eatbute.com

East Renfrewshire Food Festival
This is happening between 11th and 18 September. It will include markets, cookery workshops and masterclasses and much much more! The events include:

Highland Perthshire Brand
A new initiative to increase tourism in Highland Perthshire has received a boost following a £300,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise. Highland Perthshire Limited (HPL) combines the expertise of the Blair Atholl Area Tourism Association, the Dunkeld and Birnam Tourism Association, Explore Aberfeldy and The Pitlochry Partnership. It will develop a new Highland Perthshire brand and focus on stimulating business growth and attract new inward investment opportunities to boost the local tourism economy. To support the delivery of HPL the new "destination management organisation" (DMO) has been incorporated and its new board has already identified three short-term priorities which will build on existing initiatives and publications:
"  A walking guide, covering the whole area and incorporating the new Heart of Scotland 100
"  An events calendar, regularly updated and distributed to accommodation providers
"  A website, illustrating the breadth of HP product and enabling quick access to products

Edinburgh and Glasgow chefs focus on Local produce
Most of Edinburgh and Glasgow’s top eateries are positively embracing local produce, and in some case even foraging for wild food. Around two-thirds of the 800 or so restaurants in this year's List Eating and Drinking Guide were rated good or very good for their food sourcing by the Guide's reviewers. The editor, Donald Reid said: "This is certainly a positive change. When we first launched this guide in 1994 Scottish cuisine was still considered a bit of an embarrassment and almost no recognition at all was given to Scottish produce and seasonality. "Now, I am happy to say, things are very different and most restaurants will publish the provenance of their Scottish seafood, game, beef and lamb in particular, and if they do not, staff are often able to advise on the origin." Other hot items on this year's menus have also included: afternoon tea; foraged wild herbs; piccalilli; potted shrimp; flat white coffees; sharing plates and barley risotto. And macaroons are among the contenders tipped to be ‘the new cupcake'.

Visitor Experience Award
Applications are invited from Visitor Attractions for the Scotland, Land of Food and Drink Visitor Experience Award 2010. This award will recognise and reward visitor attractions that demonstrate that their food and drink offering is an integral part of the overall visitor experience and is a key part of their operation. This award is being managed by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions and is sponsored by the Scottish Government. For further information on the award contact Eva McDiarmid at ASVA, email [email protected]

Dundee Flower & Food Festival
Tickets are now on sale for this year's Festival, taking place at Camperdown Country Park from 3rd-5th September. It offers the best in food, horticulture and live entertainment, with a packed weekend programme including free cookery demonstrations, children's activities, a craft fair, live music, the chance to buy a range of plants, quality food products and much more. This year’s Festival plays host to the National Vegetable Society's Championships, and helps celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Society's chairman, Medwyn Williams of Anglesey, scooped a Gold Medal and President's Award with a vegetable display at this year's prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Mr Williams will be creating a similar display at the Dundee Festival in September. Meanwhile, TV celebrity duo The Hairy Bikers, who have become known to millions of television viewers as they combine their love of motorcycles with down-to-earth cookery, will be riding in to spend Saturday and Sunday at the Festival cooking and mingling with visitors. Tickets can be purchased online or from Dundee City Box Office (01382 434940). Accompanied children under 16 years are admitted FREE.

China Toolkit - Introduction to Chinese Market
Outbound travel from China has become the 5th largest market in the world in terms of spend on international travel. Much of this outbound travel goes to countries within Asia, but long-haul travel is increasing. The UK has been granted ADS (Approved Destination Status) by the Chinese National Tourism Authority (CNTA). This allows Chinese citizens to visit the UK as leisure group travellers via authorised tour operators in China and approved ADS land operators in the UK.  These operators usually also handle both business and leisure groups.  
VisitScotland has produced a toolkit for businesses that receive guests from China or Chinese-speaking guests from the UK. It provides information and advice on how to welcome Chinese visitors. For more info visit; http://www.visitscotland.org/business_support/business_resources/china_toolkit/welcoming_chinese_guests.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 


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