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Good Food Show comes to Glasgow

September 29th, 2010

Tickets are on sale for the BBC Good Food Show, which will be held at the SECC in Glasgow from 22-24 of October.

Celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, James Martin and recently crowned Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner will all be there, cooking up a storm in the Supertheatre, and the event will also be playing host to Masterchef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.  Among the other attractions will be open plan cookery demonstrations, the chance to visit The Producers’ Village to shop for Scottish produce and the opportunity to get in a spot of wine and whisky tasting too.  To purchase tickets, please visit http://glasgow.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/

Wendy

The mystery of the Oakham Chicken

September 28th, 2010

An interesting article by Harry Wallop appeared in the telegraph today looking at the continuing issues around food labelling in supermarkets.  Following the rise in interest in ‘local’ foods, he asks if supermarkets have taken things just a bit too far.  ‘Oakham’ Chicken anyone? Follow this link for the full story:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/8029291/The-mystery-of-the-Oakham-chicken.html

The next episode of ‘Food’, titled – ‘What goes in your basket?’ continues tomorrow evening at 8pm on Channel 4 with more from Harry Wallop.  

Wendy

Catch up

July 30th, 2010

Hi everyone

Just a quick end of the week catch up. 

Discovered a great website this week that promotes seasonal berries – www.seasonalberries.co.uk – now its great that berries are so healthy, but every now and then its nice to have a treat.  My two favourites from the site are the Baked blueberry cheesecake and the Chocolate and blackberry slice.  Surely with that many berries it can’t be all bad….

Coming up shortly is this year’s foodie festival, which will be in Edinburgh on Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 of August in Holyrood Park.  Over 150 seasonal producers are scheduled to attend and its a great day out.  For full details, and to buy your tickets in advance see http://www.foodiesfestival.com/edinburgh/

Calling all teachers – our seasonal calendars are now available for you to use in the classroom via the intranet system Glow.  They are located in the Sustainable Development section  and may be a useful tool as you teach the class about eating local, seasonal and fresh Scottish food.  As ever, if you would like a What’s on your plate? team member to come and speak to your class, please do get in touch.

Wendy

Funding boost for Highlands event series

July 27th, 2010

Great news for the Highlands as Alex Salmond, speaking at Clashmore Village Hall in Dornoch last night, has announced that new funding has been made available for a series of events designed to mark the year-long celebration of Scotland’s food and drink.  The additional funding of £25,000 will be spread across a range of Highland’s events and will be directed towards activity that supports the showcasing of the finest Scottish cuisine and the use of local and seasonal produce. 

For the full story follow this link.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2010/07/26153018

Wendy

Farmers’ Markets this weekend

July 8th, 2010

Another week is quickly coming to a close.  A busy week for local food news – catch up with all the latest in the News and Events section.  To keep you going this weekend, here is a quick reminder of where you can stock up on fresh local produce:

Saturday

Ardrishaig Chalmers Street  10am – 1pm
Balerno Main Street  10am – 1pm
Dingwall High Street  9am – 2.30pm
Dumfries  High Street  10am – 1pm
Dunfermline Bridge Street  9am – 1pm
Forfar  Myre Park  9am – 1pm
Glasgow  Dowanan Hill Primary 10am – 2pm
The Fort  10am – 4pm
Glenkens St John’s town of Dalry 10am – 1pm
Inverurie Market Place  9am – 1pm
Paisley County Square  9am – 1pm
Peebles Eastgate Car Park 9.30am – 2.30pm
Stirling Maxwell Place  9am – 2pm

Sunday

Falkirk  High Street  11am – 4pm
Glasgow The Fort  10am – 4pm

If you know of any changes to the locations or times of markets, please do get in touch at wendy.fleming@nfus.org.uk

Wendy

Food and Farming Awards 2010

June 29th, 2010

The Food and Farming Awards 2010 are now accepting nominations.  With awards in categories such as Best Food Market, Best Food Producer, BBC Farmer of the Year and several others, why not nominate a business or person you feel deserves the accolade.

Follow the link below to find out more and nominate your favourites:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/ffa/2010/

Nominations close at midnight on 15th August 2010.

Wendy

Get your Scottish Soft Fruit now!

June 18th, 2010

Our Soft Fruit chair Peter Thomson has told the Herald today that strawberries will soon be in full swing, some early Scottish rasps are already for sale, and the newer crops of brambles and blueberries will be on their way shortly:

“We have got off to a slow start but the good news for fans of Scottish soft fruit is that things will soon be in full swing for strawberries, raspberries and the host of other fruit now being grown on Scottish farms.

“Strawberries that were well protected through the winter have arrived on time, but the main season fruit has been delayed due to the cold weather in both winter and spring. It is now really getting going and the prospects are good for a good year. As always, the season will depend on the weather, and the recent sunny weather has given an early boost to sales.

“The raspberry season will follow much the same pattern with some early Scottish fruit already for sale, but the main crop may be a bit later than usual. This will be followed by the newer crops in Scotland, blackberries and blueberries where larger crops than  in the past are expected.

“With all the Scottish crops now hitting the shelves, the customer can expect the extra flavour that makes Scottish soft fruit such a treat.”

For best results, eat with cream and Wimbledon.

Wendy

Seasonal calendars

June 10th, 2010

Our new seasonal calendars are now available for you to download.  On the reverse of the calendars there are six simple recipes, provided by some of our farming members, for you to try at home.  If you are planning an event, or would like to promote Scottish produce in any other way by making use of the calendars, please contact myself at wendy.fleming@nfus.org.uk for copies to be sent out via post.

Celebrate Red Tractor Week

June 9th, 2010

Next Monday sees the start of Red Tractor week (14 – 20 June) which is celebrating 10 years of the logo which helps shoppers identify quality assured food and drink.  Produce that shows the Red Tractor logo meets strict standards of food safety, environmental protection and animal welfare, with a guarantee of origin.

   -   The flag in the Red Tractor logo guarantees the origin of the food.
   -   The Union Jack flag tells you that the product has been farmed and packed in the UK. 
   -   All products that carry the Red Tractor logo can be traced back to the farm they came from with the guarantee that strict standards are being met from farm to pack.

There is lots of activity around the week – with writer and presenter Janet Street Porter fronting the campaign.  Visit www.myredtractor.co.uk for the Red Tractor Week Summer Eating Guide, a guide to the Top Outdoor Eating Spots in the UK, Summer Eating tips and interactive kids’ section.

Wendy

Stronger emphasis on Scottish produce in Scottish Government restaurants

May 18th, 2010

The announcement came today (Tuesday 18 May) from Scottish Government that there will be an increase in fresh, seasonal and locally sourced Scottish produce served within Scottish Government restaurants.

The new contract will ensure that menus within Scottish Government restaurants use 100 per cent Scottish produce for items including milk and cream, bakery products, fresh meat (when in season) and sandwiches. It has also been stated that the fresh fish available in the restaurants is sustainably sourced, with 85 per cent being sourced locally.

Extract from announcement:
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead said: “The percentage of Scottish produce used in Scottish Government restaurants now stands at 100 per cent for sandwiches, chicken and beef. It’s only right that we lead by example and deliver on our promise to work more closely with local producers on delivery issues and increase supplies of fresh, seasonal produce.

“As well as supporting local businesses, going down this route can deliver significant benefits to the environment and play an important role in a healthy, balanced diet. Retailers are increasingly seeking to stock and promote local produce in order to meet growing consumer demand – why should we be any different?

All fresh produce will be cooked on site, including all hospitality foods and a commitment has also been made to achieve the Healthy Living Food Award Plus.

Some good news from the Scottish Parliament!

Wendy


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