Regional Food Fund recipients announced.
A total of 24 projects from across the country were awarded £110,000 in funding to promote and showcase quality local produce.
The latest round of the Regional Food Fund (RFF) was launched in April this year to support the development of local food and drink projects with grants of up to £5,000.
Managed by industry organization Scotland Food & Drink, the fund aims to help the sector recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and raise the profile of local and regional products.
Initiatives supported by this fund range from food and drink festivals and events to food tourism collaborations, online and physical markets and e-commerce such as Stranraer Oyster Festival, Clyde Island Gin Passport and Bowhouse Link. Several of the country’s regional food groups will undertake projects such as B. Farm Vending by Bute Kitchen; Appetite for Angus promotional pop-ups; a local buying campaign by Eat and Drink Dundee and a Food Heritage Project by Lanarkshire Larder.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands Mairi Gougeon said:
“This is the third round of funding provided under the Regional Food Fund and I am delighted to have participated from such a diverse range of projects.
“These collaborative projects will help showcase the incredible range of food and drink produced in Scotland and provide more unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences, further boost sales of local produce, develop opportunities for food tourism and recreation to contribute.
“Our focus remains on promoting local products, including high animal welfare and production standards, as well as taking environmental concerns into account, something that consumers are increasingly interested in.”
Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink, said:
“It is fantastic to support another 24 collaborative food and drink projects with this latest round of funding from the Regional Food Fund.
“We can see from the quality of the applications that there is a lot of energy and commitment to developing local food and drink initiatives, all of which play a critical role in the growth of the food, drink and tourism sectors nationwide.
“Our congratulations to all recipients and we look forward to seeing the projects develop over the coming months to make a lasting impact on communities across Scotland.”
List of projects funded under the Regional Food Fund 2022.