Enjoy a taste of Galloway

Wigtown market was a popular event last year.
Wigtown market was a popular event last year.

Businesses and organisations across Dumfries and Galloway are being invited to take part in this year’s Flavour Fortnight.

Now in its fourth year, the food festival has become one of Scotland’s most important food events and organisers are keen to support its continued growth by inviting all businesses in the region, not just members of Savour the Flavours, to get involved by hosting an event.

Taking place from August 31 to September 15, Flavour Fortnight is promoted as Scotland’s Artisan Food Festival, a dispersed food festival with individual events hosted by businesses, community groups and organisations across the region.

Flavour Fortnight is open to all organisations and businesses in Dumfries and Galloway who wish to host an event or experience that has the region’s food and drink at its heart.

Liz Ramsay, project manager of Savour the Flavours, said: “Food plays such a fundamental role in people’s day to day experiences of Dumfries and Galloway that we’re inviting as many people as possible to get involved. Flavour Fortnight events must use and promote Dumfries and Galloway produced food and drink in a prominent way, and we positively encourage event organisers to be creative in developing inspirational foodie events.”

An independent evaluation carried out last year showed that Flavour Fortnight 2012 had a regional economic impact of at least £275,778 (a 42% increase on the year before), and noted that the festival had become a significant tourism driver for the region.

Liz added: “Flavour Fortnight puts quality local food and drink right at the heart of the tourism experience, helping to position Dumfries and Galloway as a nationally important food tourism destination. It offers opportunities for people to add value to their businesses by developing packages to encourage visitors to extend their stay and explore our region and we anticipate that it’s importance to the region’s economy will grow again this year, as we’ve already received programme requests from the length and breadth of the UK, as well as from Canada and New Zealand.”

Flavour Fortnight is funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council through the South of Scotland Business Competitive Project, a European-funded project that supports local businesses and promotes economic growth, and by EventScotland.

People who are interested in organising a Flavour Fortnight event should contact Liz Ramsay on 01644 430109 or email liz@savourtheflavours.co.uk as soon as possible.