Now in its second year the Taste Ayrshire Food Festival is shaping up to be an exciting celebration of the fantastic array of food and drink produced across Ayrshire.
A region well-known for its delicious dairy products, melt in the mouth beef and great hospitality, Ayrshire has lots to offer anyone who likes to know where their food comes from, where to buy it and what to do with it.
Journeying the iconic coastline from Ballantrae to Skelmorlie, sailing the sea to Arran and Cumbrae, and touring inland to the hidden gems of Catrine, Kilbirnie and Maybole, local producers, retailers, restaurants, schools, hotels and markets have teamed up with Taste Ayrshire to bring you a diverse range of events, visits and special menus featuring the very best Ayrshire has to offer.
From delicious dining experiences, getting ‘hands on’ with practical workshops, talks from the experts in food production to sampling beautifully prepared and presented local food in Ayrshire’s finest hotels and restaurants – there truly is something for everyone. Taste Ayrshire is incredibly proud of Ayrshire produce and the dedication of the region’s food producers, retailers and hospitality providers. The 2013 Taste Ayrshire Food Festival is another step along our food journey to promote Ayrshire as the most visited Food Tourism destination in Scotland.
James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink is delighted to celebrate the festival: “Taste Ayrshire showcases local produce with lots of local specialities. Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is a highlight of the Year of Natural Scotland, encouraging people to discover Scotland’s natural larder which offers the high quality premium produce which makes our country a Land of Food and Drink. More than two hundred events will take place across the country with something for all tastes and ages- I invite people to participate and Eat Scottish.”
Run by Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight brings together food lovers from across Scotland and encourages people to Eat Scottish. Scotland Food and Drink is an industry-led, commercially-focused organisation which aims to grow the value of the food and drink sector to £12.5bn by 2017.
The organisation is comprised of a consortium of the top hospitality businesses in Ayrshire, focused on promoting Food Tourism in the region.
A mix of manufacturers, producers and hospitality providers ensures a wealth of experience and knowledge is available to drive this exciting initiative forward.