Restaurateurs urged to back food festival

Two-week event aims to celebrate Scottish produce

RESTAURATEURS across Scotland are being urged to get behind this year’s Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. Taking place from September 3 to 18, the event is designed to celebrate Scottish produce, encouraging restaurateurs to champion local food and drink – and consumers to buy and enjoy it.

Cafe Saint Honore

Last year saw more than 130 events staged across Scotland throughout the fortnight, including tastings and offers promoting the best of the country’s food and drink.

It provides a fantastic platform for restaurateurs to boost footfall.

This year, industry group Scotland Food & Drink, which organises the initiative, wants to see even more chefs and restaurateurs throw their weight behind the scheme.
The team at Edinburgh’s Cafe St Honoré, on North West Thistle Street Lane, has already announced plans to stage a Harvest Supper as part of the celebration.
Taking place on Thursday September 6, the supper will include a three-course menu using only Scottish ingredients, cooked by the Scottish Restaurant Awards’ Chef of the Year 2011 Neil Forbes.
Food will be matched with beer and the event will include talks from Forbes and the beer and food producers before each course.

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is a great way to get inspired by local produce.

Sophie Fraser, marketing executive at Scotland Food & Drink, urged more restaurateurs and chefs to get involved.
“Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight has become a key date in the industry calendar and provides a fantastic platform for restaurateurs to boost footfall and attract new customers,” she said.
“Last year’s celebration saw over 130 events taking place all over Scotland and this year we’ve made it even easier to get involved – organisers can simply visit our website to register their event and promote it to visitors. The fortnight is a great opportunity to get inspired by Scottish produce and we would urge owners, chefs, managers and staff alike to consider taking part.”