Top meat showcased at the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight
Published:  06 September, 2016

Some of the best meat in Scotland is receiving a platform to show off as part of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. 

The two-week event is designed to celebrate some of the country’s top producers, growers and cooks from across all sectors of the food and drink industry – with the farming and fishing sector considered to be major contributors towards the country’s £14.3 billion industry.

Among its top-quality meat and fish products are Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI, venison and Scottish salmon.

“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,” commented Scotland Food & Drink project manager Fiona Richmond.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the farmers and the fishermen responsible for earning our deserved 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 managed by commercially-focused independent industry leadership organisation Scotland Food & Drink and is funded by the Scottish government. The celebration takes place during the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, providing a great platform to showcase the wealth of innovation in the industry from talented producers who combine tradition with originality.”

As part of the event, Newmiln Farm will take part in the Great Perthshire Picnic, where a tour of the organic farm and a demonstration of the butchery department will take place. A range of meat-focused talks will be taking place, while Scottish Venison took place on Sunday, 4 September.

“Food and drink continues to be one of our top global exports and that trend shows no sign of slowing down,” commented Fergus Ewing, cabinet secretary for rural economy and connectivity. “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,” he continued. “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.”

The fortnight began on Saturday, 3 September and runs until Sunday 18 September. The industry and consumers are encouraged to join in the conversation at #scotfoodfort.