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The Best of Ayrshire Food and Drink on Show

February 16th, 2011

NFU Scotland’s Ayrshire region welcomed almost 500 diners to the Union’s Annual Dinner on Monday 14 February at Fairmont, St Andrews, where guests enjoyed the very best food that local producers have to offer. 

For a number of years now the annual dinner has been the highlight of the social calendar for many NFU members, with an incredible menu too tempting to pass up.  This year was no exception with many willing contributors generously donating produce and financial assistance to the event.  NFUS has extended special thanks to its main sponsor this year, Morrisons.

Jimmy Ireland, Ayrshire regional chairman said:

“Ayrshire is steeped in both history and romance, so how appropriate that this event fell on Valentine’s Day. We were pleased to serve up a superb menu of Ayrshire food showcasing the delicious produce that is grown and made in our beautiful county.

Christine Cuthbertson, NFU Scotland’s Ayrshire regional manager, added:

“I am immensely proud to have been involved in sourcing Ayrshire produce for the NFUS Annual Dinner. The quality of food on offer from our region is incredible, and the support and generosity of the local businesses have been overwhelming.

“The starter of a Pheasant and Ayrshire Bacon terrine made by Braehead Foods tickled the tastebuds and the Beetroot glazed Ayrshire beef fillet from A K Stoddart was delicious. The dessert of a trio of sweet carrot with ginger ice cream also showed off the region’s innovative use of seasonal produce.”

“Ayrshire is most commonly thought of as a dairy region, but the menu on offer showed that while our region might be relatively small in size, we can pack a big punch across a wide variety of foods.  Ayrshire is also home to one of the longest standing farmers’ markets in Scotland, and has its own food network. We were delighted to host the NFUS Annual Dinner this year and hope that all our guests enjoyed the evening.”

Eat Fresh, Eat Seasonal

February 3rd, 2011

Scottish Government has launched their Eat in Season campaign today, encouraging all Scots to try to eat seasonally to enjoy the best of the produce that is on our doorstop.  Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, launched the campaign in Edinburgh with a cooking demonstration featuring two top chefs.  Of course the benefits of eating food in season are many – it is often cheaper as its more abundant, it has better flavour, it supports your local farmers and growers, and as it won’t have had a long haul to get here, its better for the environment too!

A series of roadshows are planned across Scotland to spread the message, the next being in St Enoch Centre in Glasgow on Wednesday 17 February.  Information on the benefits of buying and eating seasonal produce will be available at the shows, along with a series of recipes showing you how to cook dishes with seasonal produce.

A number of local producers have provided food to give away at the road show including Connage Highland Dairy, Baxters, Macsween, Inverawe Smokehouse, Highland Spring, A Taste of Arran, Stoats, Mrs Bridges, SuperJam, Heather Hills Farm, Walkers and Tunnock’s. 

If you can’t make it along to the roadshow but would like to make an effort to eat seasonally, a good way to get started is by downloading our own Seasonal Calendar.  


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