Region confirms Year of Food and Drink schedule

Ice cream at Cream o' Galloway
Ice cream at Cream o' Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway’s food and drink industry will receive a welcome boost this year from a £30,000 council -ed project to encourage food and drink tourism.

The cash windfall comes as part of efforts to highlight the region’s spoils during Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink 2015.

The project, which has been jointly developed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and industry interface DG Food and Drink, was awarded a grant of £15,000 from the Community Food Fund this week, making Dumfries and Galloway one of the first regions in Scotland to confirm a Year of Food & Drink programme of activity.

Titled “Artisan Food Trail and Year of Food and Drink Development” the project is match funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council. It will focus on creating an artisan food trail across the region and supporting the industry to develop a programme of events and activities around the Year of Food & Drink theme months throughout 2015.

Lorna Young of DG Food and Drink said: “Perhaps more than any other region in Scotland, Dumfries amd Galloway’s food, drink and tourism industries are closely intertwined with some of our most popular visitor attractions.

“This project is important because it will provide a framework within which food and drink and tourism businesses can work together, develop events and activities and promote those activities to members of the public. Year of Food & Drink is the region’s opportunity to shine, encouraging us to look at innovative ways of boosting two important sectors of our local economy.”

Activities are being co-ordinated by DG Food and Drink. Businesses who want to participate in the Artisan Food Trail and other activities should contact lorna@dgfoodanddrink.org or sign up to receive communications from www.dgfoodanddrink.org.